Former Colorado head coach Dan Hawkins visited 9 different college programs during spring practice. He will soon head to Stockholm, Sweden for a month to watch his son Cody play in a semi-pro league and oddly enough, will begin working on a Ph.D in psychology.
Hawkins told Rivals’ writer Tom Dienhart, "I have been working these Nike combines. I have been to a lot of spring practices -- Oregon, Oregon State, BYU, TCU, Missouri, Air Force, Colorado State, Colorado School of Mines and Rutgers.”
Reflecting back on his tenure at Colorado, Hawkins offers no excuses.
He said, “When you are the head guy, it's no excuses. You either get it done or you don't. All the other particulars don't matter. I grew a lot and learned a lot. The interesting thing is I'm probably a way better coach now. I probably know more and am more organized and more convinced about what should be done now more than ever. But when you get fired for not winning enough games, sometimes people think you don't know anything.”
"I had a discussion with Pete Carroll about this. After he went through the New York Jet deal and the New England Patriot deal and got hired at USC, I think he was more convinced than ever about what needed to happen. But sometimes in our society, we don't view failure as that type of a learning operation."
Colorado is a difficult job. Plenty of coaches that we have talked with believe Hawkins is capable of leading another program. From 2001-2005, Hawkins was 53-11 as the head coach at Boise State. The Broncos were 37-3 against conference opponents.
We hope to see Hawkins back on the sideline in another year.