Boise State coach Dan Hawkins was close to completing a deal that would bring him to Colorado to replace Gary Barnett. A person familiar with...

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DENVER — Boise State coach Dan Hawkins was close to completing a deal that would bring him to Colorado to replace Gary Barnett.

A person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press the school hoped to introduce Hawkins as CU’s coach Friday. The contract must first be approved by the CU Board of Regents.

“Dan Hawkins is the type of coach who represents virtually every expectation that I outlined,” CU athletic director Mike Bohn told Denver TV station KUSA. “And if we’re fortunate enough to get this completed and have Dan Hawkins announced as our coach, then we will have been very, very successful and we will be well on our way to restoring a sense of pride in the Golden Buffaloes.”

Hawkins, who interviewed Saturday, canceled a recruiting trip set for this week. Asked about negotiations with Colorado, he told the Idaho Statesman that “the process isn’t complete.”

Hawkins is 53-9 in five seasons at Boise State. He is in the first year of a five-year contract extension that includes an $850,000 buyout if he leaves before the end of this season and $700,000 if he completes the season. The Broncos play Boston College on Dec. 28 in the MPC Computers Bowl.

The only other known interview was with former Colorado player Jon Embree, an assistant at UCLA.

Former Colorado coach Eddie Crowder confirmed Hawkins was the Buffaloes’ primary candidate.

“It’s been my impression from the beginning that [Hawkins] is the guy that they wanted,” said Crowder, who maintains a close relationship with Bohn and consultant Chuck Neinas, who assisted Colorado in its search.

If Hawkins is the next coach at Colorado, it is believed Boise State would approach his offensive coordinator, Chris Petersen, about being the next coach of the Broncos. But Petersen would almost certainly have the opportunity to join Hawkins in Boulder as well.


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