Ex-Buffs, Boise coach Dan Hawkins heads north of the border

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Out of coaching since being fired as Colorado’s head coach in November of 2010, Dan Hawkins will reportedly return to the sidelines on not only a different level of the sport but in a different country entirely.

The Montreal Gazette, citing two sources with knowledge of the situation, is reporting that Hawkins will be named as the head coach of the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes.  It had previously been reported that Hawkins was one of six candidates who had been interviewed by the Alouettes.

While the CFL club has yet to make an announcement, Hawkins confirmed to a Boise radio station that he has indeed accepted the job.  When the hiring is made official, Hawkins will replace Marc Trestman, who was named as the head coach of the Chicago Bears last month.

Hawkins continued laying the foundation for the highly successful Boise State football program early last decade, compiling a 53-11 record from 2001-05.  His time in Boulder, however, was an unmitigated disaster.

Named as the successor to Gary Barnett in December of 2005, Hawkins proceeded to post a 19-39 record during his five seasons with the Buffs.  Included in that total was a 10-27 record in Big 12 play.

After spending two-plus seasons on the hot seat, Hawkins was fired by CU nine games into the 2010 season.

(Tip O’ the Cap: the Idaho Statesman’s Brian Murphy)