Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Hawkins to Colorado Is All but Complete

It appears Boise State will be looking for a coach. The Rocky Mountain News reports that Dan Hawkins is believed to have received a verbal offer to replace Gary Barnett at Colorado, and the Daily Camera takes it one step further, saying Hawkins likely will be introduced as coach by the end of the week. The Idaho Statesman reports that Hawk, as the locals call him, spent Tuesday in Boise, despite prior plans to take a recruiting trip. We also have a video report from Boise's KTVB (some registration).
Update: The Denver Post reports Hawkins meeting with Boise officials, including president Robert Kustra, on Wednesday. The Idaho Statesman reports that Boise State offensive coordinator Chris Petersen already has expressed interest in replacing Hawkins.
Update II: KTVB in Boise has a new video report. The station talked with Hawkins, who issued a no comment when asked directly if he was taking the Colorado job. KUSA in Denver also has a video report and a 30-minute interview with Colorado athletic director Mike Bohn, who says Barnett was owed $4.2 million, but the sides settled on $3 to end the agreement.
Update III: KTVB reports it's a done deal, and Hawkins will be introduced as Colorado coach Friday. Colorado Board of Regents will sign off on the deal Thursday. In a seamless transition, Petersen is expected to take over at Boise.

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