CU coach Hawkins feeling the hot seat |

CU coach Hawkins feeling the hot seat

Tom Kensler and John Henderson
The Denver Post
University of Colorado head coach Dan Hawkins in the second quarter of play against the Colorado State University Folsom Field Sunday September 6, 2009 JOHN LEYBA/THE DENVER POST

BOULDER – After an embarrassing loss at Toledo, Colorado football players knew they would have a hostile greeting when they returned home, but maybe they didn’t know the extent of it.

They do now.

“I have this geology class,” senior linebacker and captain Marcus Burton said Tuesday, “and the professor’s like, ‘You people may think this class is boring. We’re just talking about rocks. But it’s no more boring than both the CU games. Marcus, you’re a captain. Can you tell us about that?’

“He calls me out on the floor. I wanted to leave, but I didn’t. I’m in the class to learn. I’m not there to talk about football.”

Unfortunately for Burton and the 0-2 Buffaloes, that’s the main thing college football fans around the state want to talk about. What’s wrong with the Buffaloes?

Fourth-year coach Dan Hawkins, 13-26, is showing up on national coaching “hot seat” lists after opening with losses to Colorado State and Toledo, games most CU fans had chalked up as victories before the season. Saturday, Colorado hosts a Wyoming team no doubt brimming with confidence after leading Texas late in the first half last week. Then the meat of CU’s schedule arrives, with a trip to West Virginia followed by Big 12 opponents.

CU was favored in its first two games but fell behind early and never recovered. The Buffs couldn’t stop the pass, or the run, and didn’t show much firepower on offense until falling far behind in the 54-38 loss to Toledo last Friday.

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