I really could see CU being at a bit of a crossroads here. Most, if not all, teams go through down periods. We are not, and are never going to be, a perennial national championship contender. At this point in the Hawkins era, I expected the team to be ranked. Hell, when he was hired, I even bought into the top 10 BCS contender crap. Obviously, that has not become reality. I guess my question is, when can we even expected this team to be ranked again? We were for one week in 2005 before our well-documented meltdown, but haven't been since. No one with realistic expectations can really think that we are going to be in BCS bowls or beating Texas every other year or anything of that nature. But that doesn't neccessarily mean that we can't at least be competitive and respectable. I think Hawkins has made it abundantly clear that he is not the answer here. I have 0 expectations of CU football even being mediocre until he is shown the door. All I am looking forward to is the inevitability that he is out of here, be it at the end of the season, the end of next year, or (worst case scenario) the end of 2012. I think spending 4-5+ years in the absolute basement of the Big 12 could really have long term ramifications. How many non-Colorado kids are watching cfb on television and saying "I really want to play there"? Personally, I think the appeal of Boulder should always attract some out of state kids, particularly from California. I do not think, however, that that is going to get it done as far as bringing in the Texas kids and the southern kids. For whatever reasons, after Mac left, we really didn't capitalize on all the momentum that winning a NC should generate. At this point, we are down right bad. So what is going to change that? I am concerned that we are approaching permanently-rebuilding status.