It's fair to assume after suffering an historic fourth-quarter collapse Saturday in Lawrence, Kan., the Colorado football program might experience some finger-pointing, a family squabble or two.

Players said none of that occurred Sunday when the team reunited at the Dal Ward Center to review a game that no one in the program will soon forget because of its historic finish. The Buffs gave up 35 points in the fourth quarter and surrendered a 28-point lead to lose to the Jayhawks, 52-45.

The implosion fueled an eruption of anger from fans who can now almost be accurately described as blood thirsty in their hopes for a coaching change.

Colorado coach Dan Hawkins walks the sidelines during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Kansas in Lawrence, Kan., Saturday, Nov. 6,
Colorado coach Dan Hawkins walks the sidelines during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Kansas in Lawrence, Kan., Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner) ( Orlin Wagner )

Frustration over the the school's lack of action is now fueling a growing backlash against athletic director Mike Bohn and chancellor Phil DiStefano, who said last month that he prefers to wait to the end of the season to make judgments about the coaches.

Bohn said there were no further developments in regard to a possible announcement about the future of the coaching staff on Sunday. Bohn and Hawkins met in the football offices late in the afternoon.

No one inside the program is fooling themselves. Everyone appears to know now that any chance has been lost to keep the current staff in place after the season. But multiple players said they are thankful the administration hasn't fired coach Hawkins while there are still games to play.


"I don't know the history, but I would say in most history when a head coach is fired in the middle of the season, those teams generally don't do so well," injured starting quarterback Tyler Hansen said.

Other players seemed indifferent.

"What they do is their decision," injured safety Anthony Perkins said. "As players, we just have to come out every week no matter what the situation is and just play to the best of our ability. It really doesn't matter what they decide. As players, it's our job to go out and play week-in and week-out no matter what."

Hansen said firing the head coach before the end of the season arrives wouldn't accomplish much and it could lead to plenty of confusion, doubt and uncertainty for players in the program. He said it wouldn't be fair to a senior class of players who have given four or five years to the program.

"I think it's only fair to the seniors to ride out this coaching staff," he said.

Tight end Luke Walters is one of those seniors. He is actually in his sixth year because the NCAA granted him an extra season of eligibility after he suffered multiple season-ending injuries earlier in his career.

Walters said if he thought the coaches had given up or weren't doing everything they could do to win, something might need to be done. But he said CU coaches haven't "fallen off at all in that aspect."

"It would be unfortunate to see any coaches have to go at this point in time because it's so much more than putting something on one person," Walters said. "It's way more than that. One change is obviously probably not going to get the results that everyone is looking for. At this point in time, I can't say there would be anything positive coming out of that, as much as people want to see something happen."

The Buffs did change things up a bit Sunday.

The offense and defense met together as units to review film. Normally players review film with their position coaches. The change was meant to get everyone on the same page and seeing things through the perspective of players and coaches outside of their position groups.

The Buffs must regroup and return to practice this week to prepare for the final two home games against Iowa State and Kansas State.

Colorado could still qualify for a bowl game if it somehow pulled things together enough to win its final three games, but the Buffs probably wouldn't be viewed as an attractive option to many bowl representatives.

"We're going to keep bouncing back until the end of the world," left tackle Nate Solder said after Saturday's game. "We really are. No matter what happens. Really. I mean it. No matter what happens. There is no quit in any one of us. I'm not concerned about that. I'm concerned about winning the next game."