Dan Hawkins was hired as the head coach of the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League, multiple reports say.

The Montreal Gazette reported the hiring, citing two sources. And Hawkins confirmed the news to KTVB in Boise, Idaho.

Hawkins last coached at Colorado from 2006-2010. Despite his skidding as Buffaloes coach, he has a career college record of 112-61-1 including time at Boise State.

The 52-year-old Hawkins was one of six finalists for the Montreal job, according to Alouettes GM Jim Popp. The others included former Colorado State coach Steve Fairchild and former NFL coach Jim Zorn (Washington head coach, Kansas City QBs coach), among others.

Hawkins was 1-1 against Fairchild when they were coaching against each other at CU and CSU. Maybe Hawkins' beating out Fairchild for the job is a tiebreaker.

Former Alouettes coach Marc Trestman left Montreal in January to become head coach for the Chicago Bears.

As a side not, the Alouettes were solid at quarterback last season. Anthony Calvillo, a former Utah State standout, ranked second in the CFL with 5,082 passing yards. But he's 40 years old. So the Als might soon be looking for a younger QB.

For scouting purposes only, Cody Hawkins was last with the Stockholm Mean Machines of the Sweden league. And Tim Tebow has vowed to push forward as an NFL quarterback next season.

Kennedy hired

Former CU wide receivers coach Bobby Kennedy, a Boulder native, was hired Thursday to coach wide receivers at the University of Iowa.

Kennedy spent the past two seasons at CU under former head coach Jon Embree. He has 22 years of college coaching experience and coached in two national title games during his seven years at Texas before coming home to Boulder to coach the Buffs. Kennedy attended Boulder High School and lettered in football and track in the early 1980s.