TOLEDO, Ohio --
In the MAC, visiting teams aren't guaranteed media rooms like they are in the Big 12, so Hawkins had to flay open the carcass of the worst loss of his tenure beneath a blazing Glass Bowl scoreboard that read Toledo 54, Colorado 38. Hawkins got the predictable questions. At 0-2, what can you do to rebound? Is the team still behind you? He gave the predictable answers. He and his staff will re-evaluate. They'll try to find the answers. No one will quit.
About 30 minutes later, Colorado athletics director
That they are. At halftime, when Toledo led 23-3, the proprietors of the Ralphie Report blog opened a "2nd Half Suicide Hotline Thread" to allow fans to vent their frustration. Over at BuffStampede.com, one thread was titled only with Bohn's e-mail address, presumably so fans could e-mail and call for Hawkins' firing.
After the half, it only got worse. Toledo went up 30-3. Then, about two minutes after the Buffs scored to slice the deficitad to 37-24, Toledo quarterback
After the bloodletting, Hawkins said it's easy to be a critic. "That's living," he said. "It's being in the fire. You can stand on the periphery and judge, or you can stand in the middle and scrap." But those who give up half-a-hundred in Glass Bowls should expect stones to get thrown.
For his part, Bohn preached staying the course. "We're trying to re-establish the foundation for our program," he said. "We all recognize we're not there yet. We're not happy with this and our fans aren't happy with it. Again, it's where we are."
Bohn said the stain of
The difference is in the scores. After a 23-7 loss to the Rams in 1986, the Buffs lost to Oregon by two, to Ohio State by three and to No. 10 Arizona by 3. They did not get completely outclassed by a MAC team.
Florida athletic director
Though his public stance suggests he disagrees, Bohn may want to consider adopting Foley's philosophy.
It's only going to get worse. Toledo -- a team picked to finish fourth in the MAC west division -- looked faster at almost every position than the Buffaloes. Colorado tailback
In 2008, Opelt rushed for minus-44 yards. Friday, he rushed for 109, including the 61-yarder and a 21-yard touchdown. The Rockets rolled up 624 yards. They averaged 9.5 yards -- 18 inches shy of a first down -- every time they snapped the football. Even first-year Toledo coach
So maybe it's time. Hawkins, by all accounts, is a good man. He teaches his players the right things. His body of work -- remember, he is the one who built Boise State into a power -- suggests he is an excellent coach. But maybe this particular job was the wrong fit. If Bohn acts soon, he can begin the work of finding the man who can help Colorado climb out of its hole. He also would allow Hawkins to begin rebuilding his reputation.
The most memorable moment of Hawkins' tenure remains his 2007 offseason rant about the Buffs playing "DIVISION I FOOTBALL!" Back then, Hawkins was suggesting the culture of the program needed to change, that players needed to get tougher and work harder. That's not the problem, though. Colorado doesn't need tougher players.
The harsh reality is that Colorado needs better players. If Opelt can throw for 319 yards and four touchdowns, how many will Kansas quarterback
As he tried to digest the loss, Colorado receiver
And that might be the scariest part.