No matter how
good they get down the road, the Buffs will never fill the stadium for their
spring game. This opinion--intended as a compliment to the citizens of Boulder,
who have more and better things to do on a spring Saturday--is voiced in front
of Hawkins, who takes umbrage. "Did you just call me out?" he says.
"I think you just called me out." When Colorado sells out a future
spring game, he vows with a smile, "You'll eat those words."
been less feisty, but just as confident, one evening earlier in the spring.
While eating at Pasta Jay's, he was approached by a female student, who
declared, "You're the new football coach! You gave a talk at my sorority.
You rocked! We are so stoked for the season!"
several minutes later, Hawkins said to his dinner companion, "Will we win
the national championship next year? I don't know. But I do know this: We're
going to have this place bumpin', and for all the right reasons."