Coaching Candidates: Dan Hawkins

If Colorado does look to a non-BCS school to find a coach, chances are they will start at Boise State. That is where head Coach Dan Hawkins has been one of the hottest names in the nation over the last few years. Inside, a look at Hawkins and what we hear on the situation.

Dan Hawkins
Head Coach Boise State University
Age: 44

The Résumé
• Head coach Boise St. 2001-present; 53-9; Four-time WAC Champions

• Assistant coach Boise St. 1997-2000 (duties included tight ends, special teams, recruiting coordinator)

• Head coach at Willamette 1993-97; 40-11-1

• Defensive coordinator at Sonoma St. 1992

• Offensive coordinator at College of the Siskiyous 1988-91

• Graduated Cal-Davis 1984

The Connection
Colorado athletic director Mike Bohn was at the University of Idaho from 1997-2003, and the Idaho Vandals played Boise State twice with Hawkins at the BSU helm. Boise State beat Idaho in both of those match-ups.

The Buzz
Boise State has owned the WAC under Hawkins. He's a coach who thinks outside the box. Though his high-scoring offenses at BSU are known for their passing, the BSU offense starts with the run game as they've produced a 1,000-yard rusher three of the past four seasons. With all the points BSU typically scores, their defenses have probably not gotten the hype they deserved. They were ranked 10th in the country in 2004.

The Question Marks
Hawkins has excelled in the WAC with athletes that are typically passed over by BCS schools. Can Hawkins recruit the type of student-athletes needed to compete for Big 12 titles?

Hawkins is as unpretentious a Division I-A head coach as you1ll find. He has been pursued by bigger programs over the past two seasons since he brought eye-opening success to Boise State, but has stated several times he's happy where he is. What would be attractive to him about the Colorado job?

The Numbers
Hawkins is currently under contract at Boise State through 2010. His annual base salary is reportedly $525,000. There is a buyout clause in his contract for $700,000, meaning someone would owe BSU that amount if Hawkins opted out of his contract after the 2005 season.

What We Are Hearing
The name Dan Hawkins is synonymous with about every head coaching vacancy at the BCS level. That alone will probably get him a look. From his days at Idaho, the BSN knows that CU Athletic Director Mike Bohn has been very impressed with Coach Hawkins.

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