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Former Boise State head football coach Dan Hawkins has been fired midway into his fifth season at the University of Colorado.

It didn t come as a surprise to Hawkins who hasn t won a game outside the state of Colorado in 17 tries.

He left Boise State after the 2005 Humanitarian Bowl with plans to turn around a struggling Colorado football program.

But with little financial support coming in, he found it difficult to improve facilities and recruit blue chippers, and failed to get a winning season in his four-plus years in Boulder.

In fact, even six weeks ago, when Hawkins sat down with NewsChannel 7 the day before a game against Hawaii, Hawkins (who hadn t spoken to reporters about the possibility of this being his final season) talked about what he might do next. And leaving Colorado to coach the JV team at Bishop Kelly High School certainly wasn t out of the realm of possibilities.

I love working with the kids, I love coaching, said Hawkins. It s not about the glitz and the glamour and all that. My dad laughs all the time. He goes 'you wanted a challenge and you got it!' To me I've always been sort of an adventurer that way and a challenge guy and like I said I d be happy taking a bunch of freshmen kids and getting em out on a Thursday afternoon and having a ball. To me that s what it s about.

At his goodbye news conference Tuesday Hawkins said, I understand the decision, and I ask that CU Nation support this great group of kids in the final three games of the season who need your support more than ever.

There are those who are pointing to Chris Petersen s decision to stay away from entertaining offers to go to bigger conference schools who continue to court him.

All three of Pete s predecessors, Houston Nutt, Dirk Koetter and now Dan Hawkins have gone to major programs and been fired.

Only Houston Nutt is still in the college coaching ranks at the University of Mississippi.

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