With the dismissals of Tim Brewster and Todd Dodge within the last seven days, there’s little doubt that the name Dan Hawkins — along with New Mexico’s Mike Locksley — sits at or near the top of most coaching hot seat lists.
It’s been that way for the better part of two seasons, and apparently all of the canning talk is beginning to wear on someone very close to the Colorado coach.
Cody Hawkins is the son of the coach. He also happens to be the backup quarterback for the Buffaloes, although he was thrust into action Saturday when starter Tyler Hansen was knocked out because of an injury.
After the game, a 27-24 home loss to Texas Tech, the younger Hawkins chastised the media for the criticism his dad has received, although Cody might want to brush up on his smack talk a little bit before throwing down publicly as the only thing missing from his mini-diatribe was “I know you are but what am I?”
“I’m a college student, so I don’t have enough money to buy a newspaper,” Cody Hawkins said. “Which is probably a good thing. …
“There are a lot of people out there talking and a lot of people who say different stuff. But the same bad things you say about our football team, I’m saying the same bad things about you guys (the media). So I guess it works both ways. …
“You obviously don’t like it when someone near and dear to you gets criticized. But the bottom line is it’s college football and you’ve got to win football games.”
And there, at the end, young Hawkins finally gets it. His father is paid millions and millions and millions of dollars to, bottom line, win football games.
After 56 games in four-plus seasons, the elder Hawkins is sporting a 19-37 overall mark, not to mention a 10-25 record in Big 12 play.
That’s simply not good enough. In some roundabout way, even Cody Hawkins even have to agree with that.