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Setting the bar high

Discussion in 'Colorado Football Message Board' started by Buffnik, Feb 19, 2014.

  1. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

    Mar 20, 2009
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    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.



    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.
  2. Val

    Val Active Member

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  3. HUFset

    HUFset Well-Known Member

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    Then, we went 3-9. Lost to Toledo, that game hurt. Darrell Scott never broke out.

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