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Sources: Dan Hawkins Likely Keeping Job

According to John Henderson of the Denver Post, Dan Hawkins will likely keep his job until the end of the season.

Colorado coach Dan Hawkins will likely keep his job until the end of the season, a source said Saturday night, and said athletic director Mike Bohn wants to keep the continuity with quarterback Cody Hawkins, the coach's son.

Bohn issued a prepared statement after returning to Boulder from the Buffaloes' 52-45 loss to Kansas, which scored the last 35 points of the fourth quarter.

"It goes without saying that this game was extremely disappointing on many levels, and obviously these developments do not meet our expectations," Bohn's statement said. "That's not to disparage Kansas' accomplishments in any way. While we share many of the same frustrations and serious disappointment as our fans, I have confidence in this group of seniors to represent this team and the university with both pride and a competitive spirit the rest of the season.

An interesting rumor has been floated in the Henderson article and by Kyle Ringo at Buffzone that a major reason Dan Hawkins will retain his job is due to his son, Cody, approaching CU passing records and concern about how he would react if his father was fired. From the Kyle Ringo article:

Bohn would not address specific factors that will play a part in the decision, but it`s possible the school could be concerned how assistant coaches and senior quarterback Cody Hawkins respond if Dan Hawkins is fired. Cody Hawkins is the only healthy quarterback on the roster with any experience and if he opted not to complete his senior season because his dad was fired, the Buffs would be forced to ask true freshman Nick Hirschman to burn his redshirt.

With ideas of breaking Colorado passing records on the fore front, many will begin to question the coaching staff's motive this past weekend throwing the ball 20 times in the second half with a 20+ point lead for most of the time. Clearly, if the Buffs run the ball and kill the clock in the fourth quarter like most teams would do, we wouldn't be having this discussion today. It will be interesting to keep tabs on that the last three games of the season. Former Buff QB Joel Klatt is the only player remaining ahead of Hawkins in career passing yards. Hawkins has 6,778 passing yard to Klatt's 7,375.