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Old 11-16-2009, 08:39 AM   #1
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Default From ESPN Rumor Central: Shanahan tag team in Boulder?

Coach Dan Hawkins still has his job for now, but the calls for his head are getting louder with each week. Should he be fired, one of the most tantalizing possibilities being floated in the blogosphere is that athletic director Mike Bohn is considering a Kiffin-like arrangement with the Shanahans.

Under this scenario, Colorado would hire Kyle Shanahan, the offensive coordinator of the Houston Texans, as head coach, and his father, Mike, the longtime Denver Broncos coach, would come aboard as some sort of assistant, a la Monte Kiffin with Lane Kiffin at Tennessee. (Indeed, FootballCoachScoop.com reports that Bohn met with Mike Shanahan on Sunday.)

The Shanahans obviously have very close ties to the state, and Mike and his wife just completed a ginormous house (35,000 square feet) in suburban Denver and reportedly are not eager to move. (Would you be?) Kyle turned down a chance to become Minnesota's offensive coordinator last year, citing his desire to remain in the NFL, but running his own program, at age 30 (his birthday is Dec. 14), obviously has a whole different appeal.

With a precedent set at Tennessee, this doesn't appear as far-fetched as it may sound.
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Old 11-16-2009, 08:42 AM   #2
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Hmmmm, is ESPN Rumor Central going to pony up some cash to get this tag-team done?
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Old 11-16-2009, 08:44 AM   #3
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I'll chip in. Go Buffs. Don't just fire Hawkins. Hang him.
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Old 11-16-2009, 08:54 AM   #4
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FootballCaochScoop is probably worse than what PFT was 3 or 4 years ago, so I wouldn't believe what they say about meeting with Mike.
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Old 11-16-2009, 08:56 AM   #5
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I totally support this. Mike and his son would be awesome in Boulder where the Buffs have sucked for too long.
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Old 11-16-2009, 08:57 AM   #6
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Hmmmm, is ESPN Rumor Central going to pony up some cash to get this tag-team done?
Mike's getting paid $7M the next two seasons, whether it's all from Pat, or a combination of Pat/CU or Pat/Another NFL franchise. CU would have 2 years of Shanahan before a real money issue would arise.
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Mike's getting paid $7M the next two seasons, whether it's all from Pat, or a combination of Pat/CU or Pat/Another NFL franchise. CU would have 2 years of Shanahan before a real money issue would arise.
The language used to address the payout of his contract has been very vague, but I believe it has been stated that he has to seek comparable employment to get the full amount. If he takes a job as a consultant for CU for $150k/yr., he might as well be working at Blockbuster in relation to what he is owed.

There has to be some protection for Bowlen in the contract to ensure Shanahan doesn't take a high profile job for pennies, right?
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The language used to address the payout of his contract has been very vague, but I believe it has been stated that he has to seek comparable employment to get the full amount. If he takes a job as a consultant for CU for $150k/yr., he might as well be working at Blockbuster in relation to what he is owed.

There has to be some protection for Bowlen in the contract to ensure Shanahan doesn't take a high profile job for pennies, right?
The only issue at that point would be what is fair market value for the type of work Shanny is doing. If he takes less, then what Bowlen owes him is offset by how far under FMV Shanny is working.
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And Jim Armstrong thinks that any discussions between Bohn and Mike are about Jeremy Bates.
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Given that Pat is an alum of Okie State, he might not want Shanahan coaching CU.

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Old 11-16-2009, 09:15 AM   #11
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Just throwing this out here, but is it possible Bowlen would prefer seeing Shanahan at a college program as opposed to a NFL team, like perhaps the Chargers?

As for the prospect of the Shanahan duo at CU, I would be in favor. I believe CU could once again compete for the best recruits. Shanahan has three rings, knows what it takes for a player to make it to the pro's, and has ton of inside connections for undrafted free agents. Furthermore, CU would never be outcoached or commit 20 penalties in game.

I really can't think of any downside from CU's perspective except the cost. Shanahan runs the risk of failing to take CU back to the top which would further diminish his reputation. However, it sounds to easy and good to be true so I doubt it will happen.
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I like the thought but, no way $$$$$$$$$$$ wise.
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. The Buffs can't afford to fire Hawkins.
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Hawkins is a joke. This program needs a serious shot in the arm to get their name back into the recruiting mix. I know is I was a stud player I wouldn't think twice about turning down a Cu offer. Not only would I be in a no where program, but I'd still have tot deal with all of those hippies on a daily basis,,,,, no thank you.
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I think the cost of hiring shanahan could possibly be overrun by the $$$$$$$$$ that would come in from happy and excited donors.

Id get season tickets next year if the Shanahans coached at CU.


But more than a Shanahan or great coach what CU needs more than anything is a T. Boone Pickens daddy warbucks type that will give the program a ton of money to get on track.

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. The Buffs can't afford to fire Hawkins.
For the 1000th time on this site: The. Money. Is. There.

Yes, they might use money as an excuse if they retain him for another season, but if they want to dump the guy, funding the buyout is not the issue.
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I think the cost of hiring shanahan could possibly be overrun by the $$$$$$$$$ that would come in from happy and excited donors.

Id get season tickets next year if the Shanahans coached at CU.


But more than a Shanahan or great coach what CU needs more than anything is a T. Boone Pickens daddy warbucks type that will give the program a ton of money to get on track.
We make too many Nobel winning scientists and not enough capitalist industrialist billionaires.
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We make too many Nobel winning scientists and not enough capitalist industrialist billionaires.
We do have a few sprinkled in there. Besides the Nobel winning scientists should donate that money they get from Nobel to the CU Football program since we did make them.
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Given that Pat is an alum of Okie State, he might not want Shanahan coaching CU.
Oklahoma actually, but who cares what he wants?

Mike will be in the NFL next year anyway, make no mistake.

Charlie Strong is the guy for CU.
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Oklahoma actually, but who cares what he wants?

Mike will be in the NFL next year, make no mistake.
Until he is, we can dream.
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Do you think Mike would be right for the college level?

I'm not so sure ...
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. The Buffs can't afford to fire Hawkins.

The CU Foundation has roughly 700 million that Bohn could borrow from and pay back.....so money is not an issue. The issue is getting the Regents on board with everything. It's not IF they fire Hawkins..it's WHEN they fire him
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I'll chip in. Go Buffs. Don't just fire Hawkins. Hang him.
F* that quarter his A$$!
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Do you think Mike would be right for the college level?

I'm not so sure ...
He started in college though, was at OU and Florida in various degrees and another couple schools.
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