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CU athletic director remains bullish on Buffs

Tom Kensler
The Denver Post

BOULDER – Mike Bohn understands that athletic directors are often graded by the success of their high-profile coaching hires. He knows that a segment of Colorado fans would like nothing better than to dump him out on the street, along with football coach Dan Hawkins, Bohn’s most prominent hire.

Bohn can’t be concerned with all that. He’s too busy raising money and trying to attract new fans, as well as keep current fans from abandoning ship.

“Are we headed in the right direction? Yes. Are we heading there as fast as we’d like? No. But collectively, it will happen a lot faster than maybe some of our critics would believe,” Bohn said.

CU’s football team is 2-6. The men’s and women’s basketball teams are picked to finish last or next-to-last in the Big 12. But Bohn, who ends conversations with “Go Buffs,” is an eternal optimist who remains bullish on his program. And his coaching hires.

That includes Hawkins, who is 15-30 in his fourth season.

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“We have unequivocal confidence and respect for Dan’s work ethic, for the way he conducts his program, for his fit with CU, for his affection in wanting to be at CU for the long term,” Bohn said in a recent interview. “His commitment is important to us.”

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