Monster meltdown

Colorado gave up 35 unanswered points to Kansas in the fourth quarter Saturday and surrendered a 28-point lead, losing 52-45 to drop to 0-5 in Big 12 Conference play. It was likely the final straw for CU officials deciding the future of coach Dan Hawkins.

Colorado is expected to fire Dan Hawkins. The only question now is when it will happen and how it will play out

Will Hawkins be completely removed from the program before the season ends? Will he be allowed to coach the final three games? Will Colorado administrators opt not to make any announcement until the season ends, likely at the end of the month at Nebraska?

All of those options remained possibilities after the epic collapse against the Jayhawks.

Athletic director Mike Bohn made it clear the program isn't living up to standards expected of it.

"It goes without saying that this game was extremely disappointing on many levels and obviously these developments do not meet our expectations," Bohn said.

One issue that seems to be going overlooked by many Buffs fans is the fact that chancellor Phil DiStefano has said in the past that he prefers to wait until the end of the year to make a decision about the future of the coaching staff. Bohn and DiStefano could meet as soon as today to discuss the future of the football program and Hawkins.

The coach, who will turn 50 later this week, spoke to the media for approximately 75 seconds after the game before heading to the team bus.

"Just got to finish, you know? Just got to learn how to finish," Hawkins said. "Got to know what it's like to be in the lead and know how to finish."


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