Gary Barnett slipped out of his office through a side door Wednesday night, still the coach at Colorado but with his future uncertain amid...

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BOULDER, Colo. — Gary Barnett slipped out of his office through a side door Wednesday night, still the coach at Colorado but with his future uncertain amid reports he could be fired soon.


Barnett, who left with his attorney, John Rodman, refused to comment on a report in the Denver Post that said a source close to contract negotiations “indicated” Barnett will not be brought back to coach the Buffaloes.


Colorado closed its season with consecutive losses to Iowa State, Nebraska and Texas by a combined score of 130-22. The source, which the newspaper did not identify, said the poor finish was the final straw.


Athletic director Mike Bohn called the report “speculation.”


“I don’t know about that,” Bohn told The Associated Press when asked if the report was true. “It’s inappropriate for me to comment at this time.”


Asked if Barnett’s dismissal was imminent, the AD said, “No, I wouldn’t say that.”


Barnett told Denver radio station KOA-AM he didn’t know if his job was in jeopardy and that he hoped to get answers soon.


“I don’t know any of the validity to this,” he said.


Barnett, 59, has a year left on his contract. If he is fired, he’ll be owed about $1.8 million — money many believe the school cannot afford to pay. Barnett’s record is 49-38 after seven seasons.


Bush, Leinart, Young


Heisman finalists


NEW YORK — Running back Reggie Bush and quarterback Matt Leinart of USC will be back in New York on Saturday, along with Texas quarterback Vince Young, when the Heisman Trophy is awarded to the nation’s best player.


The Downtown Athletic Club, which hands out the sport’s most prestigious individual award, invited only those three players to the ceremony. Last season, five players attended the Heisman ceremony, and Leinart won it. Since 1999, either four or five finalists have been invited.


Notes


• Ohio State linebacker A.J. Hawk won the Rotary Lombardi Award as the nation’s top college lineman or linebacker, becoming the fifth Buckeyes player to receive the honor. The other finalists were Louisville defensive end Elvis Dumervil, Penn State linebacker Paul Posluszny and Texas defensive tackle Rod Wright.


• Jackson State hired Tuskegee coach Rick Comegy to revive its sagging program.


• Fordham hired Central Connecticut State coach Tom Masella, a native New Yorker and former city firefighter.