LAWRENCE, Kan. -- University of Colorado football coach Dan Hawkins has not been fired, but the school could make an announcement in regard to his future later this week, athletic director Mike Bohn confirmed Saturday night.
All indications are that Hawkins will be fired at the end of the season, if not sooner, and sooner is suddenly a real possibility after the Buffs` epic collapse at Kansas. CU led by 28 points in the fourth quarter, but gave up 35 unanswered points to fall 52-45 to the Jayhawks. Kansas, like CU, was winless in Big 12 play heading into the game.
If Hawkins is fired, it is unclear whether he will be relieved of his duties immediately or be allowed to coachthe remainder of the season.
Chancellor Phil DiStefano told the Camera last month that he prefers to wait until the end of the football season to make any decision about the future of the coaching staff. DiStefano did not attend Saturday`s game because he was in California on CU business. Bohn and DiStefano could meet as soon as today to discuss Hawkins` future.
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.
Bohn was obviously frustrated after the game and remained so after accompanying the team on a charter flight home.
"It goes without saying that this game was extremely disappointing on many levels and obviously these developments do not meet our expectations," Bohn told the Camera in a phone interview. "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. I am cognizant and most appreciative of our fans` support of the players all season long. Their loyal following will be integral to our immediate and long-term success."
After Saturday`s loss, Hawkins is 19-39 in his fifth season at CU. This could end up being his fifth straight losing season at Colorado, with his best record a 6-7 mark in 2007 that included a loss to Alabama in the Independence Bowl. Hawkins` team also has not won a road game since the 2007 season.
There are three games remaining on the Buffs` schedule -- home games against Iowa State and Kansas State and the season finale at Nebraska.