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Buffs coach Hawkins still facing mountains

John Henderson
The Denver Post

BOULDER – He charged into town 3 1/2 years ago, talking of Zen Buddhism and swimming with sharks and quarterbacks who threw for 4,000 yards. Seemingly, Dan Hawkins could not have fit better in Boulder if he coached in Birkenstocks.

As he enters his fourth season, however, Colorado fans still haven’t found that “inner peace.”

The waters are just as treacherous today as when he arrived, and no Colorado quarterback on this roster is a threat to throw for 4,000 yards.

Hawkins is 13-24 with three losing seasons. The Buffaloes, 5-7 a year ago, are picked fourth in the mediocre Big 12 North. Sports Illustrated placed Hawkins on the Big 12’s “Hot Seat.” It all begs one question as Colorado gets ready to host Colorado State in the season opener next Sunday:

Is Dan Hawkins the right man for the job?

“It took Mike Krzyzewski six years at Duke,” Hawkins said. “Six years. Duke’s a pretty good school. He’s not going to come in there and get all the four- and five-star guys right off the get-go. You have to look at it like that for us.”

For more of this Denver Post story: http://www.denverpost.com/ci_13231988

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