Football is not simply about X's and O's. I have no doubt that Coach Hawkins is an excellent strategist when it comes to playing the game of football. But, one also must be an incredible motivator or student athletes when it comes to coaching at the collegiate level. The 2009 version of the Colorado football team seemed "flat" more often than not. You can not compete against teams like Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Colorado State, etc. and expect to win on the game plan alone. Teams must be fired up and biting at the bit to get out on the field and play such quality opponents. What Colorado needs is a coach who can work the X's and O's like Hawkins and a coach who can motivate like a Rick Neuheisel. Even though I did not care for his antics, Neuheisel always had his teams ready to play on any given Saturday. Hawkins may be a good man and a good strategist but giving him another year at CU is like finding another bandage to cover up that gash on the Titanic.
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