End of the line for Hawkins

Colorado officials will announce the firing of coach Dan Hawkins on Tuesday after 58 games as coach in Boulder.

Dan Hawkins met with athletic director Mike Bohn on Monday afternoon and both will likely address the team Tuesday to inform players of the coaching change.

Hawkins is not expected to complete the year on the CU sideline and will likely be replaced by longtime linebackers coach Brian Cabral on an interim basis. Cabral previously served as interim coach when former coach Gary Barnett was suspended in spring 2004.

Hawkins went 19-39 as coach of the Buffs but produced some of the most significant losses in the modern era of the program. His final loss Saturday at Kansas is among them because the Buffs gave up a 28-point fourth quarter lead and allowed Kansas to score 35-unanswered points to win.

The Buffs never have produced a winning season under Hawkins. The best year came in his second season when the program finished 6-6 in the regular season but lost a bowl game to Alabama.

They still have the possibility of doing so this season, but they would have to win the final three games of the season and a bowl game to make it happen. It's unlikely considering the team has lost five consecutive games.

It is expected that most of Hawkins assistants will not be retained at the end of the season and that the next coach will be allowed to pick his coaching staff. The one exception could be offensive coordinator Eric Kiesau who has a multi-year deal with CU that expires after next season. The deal does not mandate that Kiesau be the offensive coordinator.

If CU or the next coach decide not to retain Kiesau, a separation agreement would have to be worked out with him.

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