In his last five games as a HC, Hawkins has somehow managed to come from ahead and lose when his team was up by 35pts and by 24pts. The 35pt choke job in the 4thQ got him fired at CU. With this latest embarrassment in Calgary get him fired in Montreal?
It made absolutely no sense to hire Hawkins in the first place. ZERO experience in any capacity as a pro coach and a complete failure in his only job in a big time NCAA conference. The rest of his experience has been in middling little small school outposts.
How long will Popp refuse to swallow his pride and acknowledge the mistake in hiring this buffoon? Hawkins is a terrible coach. I told you this before the season started. Here’s a few comments from back when he was fired at CU…
In some ways, Hawkins was an endless communicator. He talked to his players at practice, in meetings, on the phone and via text. He blogged. He gave speeches. He imparted pearls of wisdom on a daily basis. When players talk about time spent with Hawkins, they say they're indebted to him for helping them navigate the road from being a teen to an adult. But [b]when it came to teaching football, that communication too often failed.[/b] CU consistently played sloppy, undisciplined football. "Honestly, it's a hard question to answer because I don't know why," wide receiver Scotty McKnight said.
Another player spoke his mind on the condition of anonymity. “Coach Hawk’s a good guy. He’s a good man,” the player said. "He has some good ideology. . . . He’s kind of more focused on stuff like that than on football. I understand all those things are intertwined, but let’s get down to the nitty gritty. Let’s get down to football. Be a coach for your players. Don’t be a coach for your community."
Ironically, though, it was Hawk’s failure to communicate well with the community that led to many of his problems. His relationship with many prominent boosters and alums eroded, leaving him little support when the losses mounted. On Tuesday, Hawkins and Bohn talked repeatedly about relieving the “negativity” that had enveloped the program, which is why he wasn’t allowed to finish the season.
Fans stopped coming to games. Many who came booed unmercifully. Some fans would tailgate but not go to the game because it was too depressing.“The frustration really came down to the acceptance of mediocrity,” said Tom Padilla, a season-ticket holder since 1988 and Buff Club member for 17 years. "That’s what we all decided. It became acceptable to lose.
"He would answer questions and never really answer the question. There were isms, Hawkisms, and they grew and grew and grew. And that’s why people started to become disappointed.