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What Next in Colorado?
George Dohrmann
March 01, 2004
It won't be easy to find a successor to Barnett
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March 01, 2004

What Next In Colorado?

It won't be easy to find a successor to Barnett

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University of Corado president Elizabeth Hoffman may have found it hard to live with football coach Gary Barnett, but she may also find it difficult to replace him. Barnett, who was placed on paid leave last week, probably won't learn his fate until April 30, when an investigative panel convened by the school presents its findings. But with the program reeling from rape allegations against its players, there is a shortage of quality candidates should Barnett and the school part company. The top local prospect, Broncos offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak, turned down the job in 1999—and that was when it came with a lot less baggage. (Not to mention brighter prospects: Colorado had a losing record in two of the past four seasons.) Purdue coach Joe Tiller also said no thanks in '99. Bob Simmons, a Notre Dame assistant who was on Bill McCartney's Buffaloes staff in the '90s, but was passed over in favor of Rick Neuheisel in '95, would be a logical candidate. However, five years ago, while head coach at Oklahoma State, Simmons was faced with his own unseemly situation when four Cowboys players were accused of rape. (No charges were filed.) Offering Simmons the job might appear insensitive, underscoring the dilemma faced by a school looking to clean up its image. "The administration is going to be under a lot of pressure to hire someone with a spotless record, and that is tough to find," says one Big 12 coach. Anyway, he adds, "Isn't that what Gary had when Colorado hired him?"

Who's Her Daddy?
Horse owners Bill and Lynda Gallagher will never know how they were blessed with Amazing Philly (bottom right), a 4-year-old fatherless filly who finished third in her debut at Philadelphia Park last week. Amazing's mom, Speak Compelling (bottom left), was once a fast 3-year-old—maybe a little too fast. Though she'd been kept away from the males stabled near her, she ended up pregnant, a condition no one knew about until she gave birth, on Jan. 30, 2000, II days after finishing 38 lengths back in a race. Blood tests on all 52 horses with access to her have failed to turn up Amazing's dad. Maybe when she wins a big purse, he'll come forward.

Amazing+Unknown=Amazing Philly