Audio: Ousted Hawkins Blows Off Final Interview

The ASSOCIATED PRESS, Vic Lombardi of CBS 4 in Denver, Kyle Ringo of the BOULDER (CO) DAILY CAMERA and John Henderson of the DENVER POST report late Monday that Dan Hawkins has been fired as football coach at Colorado University.

Dan Hawkins

CU will reportedly make the move official Tuesday at a press conference.

Henderson reports on the expected immediate replacement for Hawkins:

Hawkins will meet with his players Tuesday, a source confirmed, after which an announcement of his ouster is expected. Associate coach Brian Cabral will be promoted to interim head coach for the final three games, the source said.

Cabral previously served as interim coach when Gary Barnett was suspended as Colorado head coach. Henderson also noted that the final call on the firing of Hawkins came from athletic director Mike Bohn.

Most likely the final straw on Hawkins, who won just two of 25 road games while CU coach, was the Buffaloes’ blowing a four-touchdown lead at Kansas on Saturday.

After the game, Hawkins abruptly walked out on his postgame interview with KOA-AM’s Mark Johnson after :20 seconds.

Hawkins was known throughout his tenure at CU for his inability to deal with the media during adverse circumstances. Could that bunker mentality ultimately have affected the performance of the team?

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