The Colorado Buffaloes fired head coach Dan Hawkins on Tuesday and made longtime assistant Brian Cabral the interim coach. While Hawkins' tenure was by no means a success, it seems that the final straw was Colorado's come-from-ahead loss to the Kansas Jayhawks this weekend.
Kansas' 52-45 win over Colorado on Saturday wasn't just the largest comeback in the history of the Jayhawks program, it was the largest blown lead (28 points) in Buffaloes, football too. And the program dates back 121 years!
Kansas also entered the game 2-6 (with one of the wins coming against 2-7 New Mexico State) and averaged just 10 points per game in its previous four Big 12 games.
Dan Hawkins' Last Two Coaching Jobs
Seasons 5 5
Bowls 4 1
W-L 53-11 19-39
Win pct .828 .328
Boise State has had even more success since Hawkins left.
Hawkins was considered a home run hire when Colorado signed him in 2006, after he went 53-11 as head coach of the Boise State Broncos. However, the coach's win percentage at Boise State was a full .500 better than at Colorado.
His tenure in Boulder got off to a bad start, losing 19-10 to FCS Montana State (Sept. 2, 2006), and it's been downhill ever since:
• 5 straight losing seasons (including 2010)
• 12 straight Big 12 road losses (2-17 in conference road games)
• 17 straight losses outside the state of Colorado (2-24 outside the state since 2006)
• 20 games under .500 following loss to Kansas (19-39)