Friday, December 6, 2002
Buffs' offensive coordinator interested in Utes' job
BOULDER, Colo. -- Colorado offensive coordinator Shawn
Watson may be headed to the Mountain West Conference as a finalist
for the open Utah Utes head coaching job.
"Utah is very interested in Shawn,'' Colorado coach Gary
Barnett said on Thursday. "And Shawn is interested in Utah.''
Watson, who is helping Colorado prepare for Saturday's Big 12
title game against Oklahoma, has already acknowledged having
contact with Utah officials. Utah athletics director Chris Hill has
refused to name his top candidates but has said he wants a new
coach in place by Christmas.
Watson spent three seasons as head coach of Southern Illinois,
compiling an 11-22 record there before being hired by Barnett at
Northwestern in 1997.
He has coordinated a CU offense that ranks 29th in the nation
this season, averaging 404.2 yards per game. Colorado's rushing
game ranks sixth in the country, eating up 250.8 yards per contest.
Colorado's 30.2 points per game ranks 38th in the nation.
Utah, which finished 5-6 this season, was 88-63 in 13 seasons
under former coach Ron McBride, who was fired on Nov. 25.
The Utes were 10-11 in Mountain West conference play over the
past two seasons and were 17-17 overall during that period.