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Denver Post: CU Denies Vic Lombardi's Report that Dan Hawkins Will Return Next Year

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The University of Colorado made a statement to dismiss Vic Lombardi's claim that chancellor DiStefano agreed with Dan Hawkins that he would return next year as head coach of the Buffs: The spokesman for the University of Colorado-Boulder chancellor Phil DiStefano denied a Channel 4 report today that embattled football coach Dan Hawkins will return next year. Channel 4, citing two sources inside the football program, said Hawkins came away from a meeting with DiStefano with the understanding that he's safe, regardless of what happens in Friday's season finale against Nebraska. Bronson Hilliard, DiStefano's spokesman, confirmed Hawkins did meet with the chancellor this week, but was given no assurances that he'd return. "It was a review to review the season and have a frank discussion," Hilliard said. "I don't want to characterize the outcome as an endorsement of the coach. It's certainly Mike Bohn's decision." Bohn, Colorado's athletic director, is in Hawaii with the men's basketball team at the Maui Invitational. Hilliard emphasized Bohn has the say over DiStefano. "We don't have a tradition here of the chancellor of the university playing kingmaker on those kind of decisions," Hilliard said. "(Bohn) will keep the chancellor appropriately abreast of the situation. He hasn't had a face-to-face with the coach and he hasn't had a face-to-face with the chancellor. There are two meetings to go before any determination is made on coach Hawkins' future.