Hawkins backs his expectations, vision for CU football
The Denver Post
IRVING, TEXAS – In no surprise, the first question asked of Colorado coach Dan Hawkins this morning during Big 12 Conference football media-day interviews was about his “10 wins” statement to players and boosters during the team banquet in December.
Hawkins, whose team went 5-7 in 2008, appeared ready – almost eager — for the question. Hawkins said he did not guarantee 10 victories this season. But he did want to set a high bar of expectations for his team.
“I always love good Internet rumors out there that everybody kind of jumps on as fact,” Hawkins said, with a chuckle. “Here’s the deal with that. It’s like bringing our football players to (the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium) yesterday. I think the goal is always excellence.
“I’m never going to sell our guys short. I’m a big believer in your expectations and your vision, and what your standard is. It’s not about the wins. I didn’t guarantee anything. I didn’t promise anything. I didn’t threaten anything. That was never part of it.
“The equation was, ‘We should always expect the best,’ ” Hawkins added. “There’s always some classic example. The Arizona Cardinals. It was awesome that last year they had a road swing back East, I think they were playing Washington and Philly maybe, back to back. Well, they stayed there for a week so they could get used to what would happen in the Super Bowl.
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