The University of Colorado announced today that Dan Hawkins will no longer be in charge of the football program by issuing a statement that the coach had been relieved of his head coaching duties. Assistant coach Brian Cabral will serve the football program as an interim head coach for the rest of the 2010 season.
“We collectively believed that it was important to provide the opportunity for Dan as head coach and his current staff to pull things together, and things looked bright just one month ago after we opened with a 3-1 record,” Colorado Athletic director Mike Bohn said in a statement. “However, things have gone downhill from there. While we recognize the progress that we have made in several areas during nearly five years under Dan, the negativity and divisiveness that is associated with the current leadership has become detrimental and is beyond repair to our current enterprise and it’s time to make a change.”
Colorado is currently 3-6 and 0-5 in the Big 12. Hawkins had gone 19-39 with Colorado since being hired from Boise State before the 2006 season. This was the final year of Hawkins’ five-year contract and there was doubt that the school would sign him to an extension. Hawkins took over the program in place of Gary Barnett, who left the school with the program in much controversy to get by but Hawkins did not fare much better.
Hawkins raised some eyebrows in 2007 when he spoke publicly about his disappointment in a player’s parent who had been concerned about an off-season conditioning program. He also fell short of a public statement saying that Colorado would win ten games in 2009 and that there would be no excuses if they did not. Colorado won three games last season. Hawkins’ best season with the Buffalos came in 2007, his second season in Boulder, when Colorado went 6-7 and lost in the Independence Bowl.
The team was informed of the news Tuesday morning and practices on Tuesday are scheduled to be closed to the media. The search for a permanent head coach will begin soon. Bohn states that a search committee will be formed by the end of the week to conduct a national search. Head coaches can begin in-home recruiting on December 1 so expect Colorado to have a new head coach in place before that time comes.