As somebody who has spent the majority of my life with an eye on this program , I feel the need to voice how I would handle things if I were sitting in Mike Bohn's chair with four games left this season. First of all, I should stress a couple of things. Even though I've been in Boulder for many games and have seen first hand what a lot of the great contributers to CU football over the years have enabled us to accomplish, I certainly don't feel like hiring anybody with significant CU ties is any great necessity. I've always believed you hire the best coach available based on merit and if he happened to have ties to a particular school at some point that is a bonus. I'm also pretty neutral on the timing of Dan Hawkins dismissal. While I do think it has become 100% apparent he needs to start packing, I don't think firing him now would have any greater effect on how the guys perform the rest of this year. It doesn't matter if Mac or Cabral or Hawkins is pacing the sidelines, the results won't change because the talent on the field won't change. We will beat KU this week and then find a way to lose just enough of the remaining 3 games against ISU,K-State and Nebraska NOT to get an invite to a bowl. With all of that in mind, here is how I would handle the last of 2010 (from a fans perspective and not as someone with any experience in athletic admin. at all...) 1) While I don't feel it's 100% necessary to FIRE Dan now, I do think it's important to come to a decision on his future and announce to everybody what the intentions of the program are. Fire him privately, allow him to decide if he wants back in or not for the rest of the year and then go from there. Then you start looking for who is next. For those of you concerend Dan would stop recruiting and "burn us to the ground" again, calm down. When Nick Saban took the Alabama job in 2007 he had a month to recruit and managed to complie a top 15 class that year. If Bohn does his job and hires the right guy for us in the next coaching cycle, we will get enough decent recruits to be competitive. Take that to the bank. 2) Unlike a lot of my Buff bretheren, I'm not sold on the idea of bringing back Mac or EB in the slightest. Mac would be an exciting hire for a 3-5 year period and would be someone I could back because of who he is and what he means to the black and gold, but what about beyond that? Hes 70 and I have a hard time seeing him staying dedicated to making us great for the long haul. EB is too demonstrative, and as geat as he is in the recruiting department, I can't help but look at what is happening to Mike Singletary in San Fran right now and draw some potential parallels. We need sombody more even keeled and with greater experience making gameday decisions. I don't care what his title is in Minnesota, he isn't what we are looking for. Here are some guys I would make sure are in my address book later this year: Mike Bellotti: He would be my first phone call. No question he would be a reach but it doesn't hurt to call the guy. Everything I have read seems to point to his retirement being a product of his eroding relationship with the Oregon admin. and not him falling out of love with it. Anybody remember his prostyle attack with Sammy Parker, Joey Harrintong and Onterrio Smith that made us look stupid in the Fiesta Bowl? Now picture Tyler and the buffs working the sme system.... Pat Fitzgerald: Another reach because he's coaching at his alma mater and has done very well there, but he's attractive because he knows how to win with academic and recruiting constraints and he is the anti-Hawk. Very disciplined and defensive minded because he was an ex-linebcker and he has lots of energy, we need sombody like that. David Cutcliffe: Not a sexy name by any means, but he is very familiar with rebuliding jobs (Duke) and also with keeping established programs (Tennessee, Ole Miss) up and running. Don't be fooled by his track record. Anybody who knows football will tell you Ole Miss let him go prematurely and that they took a turn for the worst after he left. Coached Both Manning brothers to great success and has a nack for drawing up great offense (which we will need in the PAC12) an is a seasoned recruiter nationally even though most his ties are in the south. He's also much more gettable than the previous two I mentioned.