Hawkins predicts 10 wins for Buffaloes CU coach optimistic about upcoming year despite down season By B.G. Brooks, Rocky Mountain News (Contact) Published December 15, 2008 at 10:58 p.m. Dan Hawkins is raising the bar - significantly - in anticipation of his fourth season as the University of Colorado's football coach. At the team's annual seniors awards banquet Sunday at a hotel in Broomfield, Hawkins' closing remarks included this forecast for 2009: "10 wins and no excuses." Framing the context of the remark, Dave Plati, CU's director of athletic media relations, said Hawkins' optimism was based on the coach "seeing a lot of things in place" for the future, as well as a recent conversation Hawkins had with former Buffaloes coach Bill McCartney. " 'Mac' told him, as only 'Mac' could, 'You're close . . . you're close (to winning),' " Plati said. Hawkins' third CU team finished 5-7, making his CU record 13-24. Before being hired by CU, Hawkins went 53-11 in five seasons at Boise State, with his teams winning or sharing four Western Athletic Conference championships. His WAC record was 37-3. Hawkins' first two CU teams finished 2-10 and 6-7, with the 2007 squad losing to Alabama 30-24 in the Independence Bowl. This season, the Buffs failed to reach the necessary six wins for bowl eligibility when Nebraska placekicker Alex Henery hit a 57-yard field goal with 1:43 to play in the teams' final regular-season game. By the time they visited Lincoln, the Buffs were playing with a patchwork offensive line and were minus their leading rusher and two starting safeties - all because of injuries. All told, CU suffered 10 season-ending injuries, lost another three players to academic ineligibility, had a promising receiver leave the team and wound up fielding one of the youngest squads in the Football Bowl Subdivision. The Buffs' final two-deep roster included 27 freshmen or sophomores. http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news/2008/dec/15/hawkins-predicts-10-wins-for-buffaloes/ ************************** I think Rick George would read the above, call on his time and Texas, and say "All hat, no cattle." I honestly believe that things are different now. Don't bother bumping this a few years from now if I'm wrong, because I'll have been put somewhere "for my own good" where they won't allow me internet access.