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Friday, December 9, 2005
Updated: December 10, 6:09 PM ET
Hankwitz will coach Colorado in bowl news services

BOULDER, Colo. -- Defensive coordinator Mike Hankwitz was named the interim replacement for ousted Colorado coach Gary Barnett on Friday and will lead the team against Clemson in the Champs Sports Bowl on Dec. 27.

Possible Successors to Barnett
Name Current school Position
Dan Hawkins Boise St. Head coach
Tom O'Brien Boston College Head coach
*David Gibbs Auburn Defensive coordinator
*Jon Embree UCLA Tight ends coach
Charlie Strong Florida Defensive coordinator
Randy Shannon Miami Defensive coordinator
Jim Grobe Wake Forest Head coach
* -- Colorado alumnus
Courtesy:'s Pat Forde and ESPN's Jim Donnan

Barnett resigned Thursday at the request of athletic director Mike Bohn.

"[Hankwitz] possesses great experience in this profession, and his organizational skills, discipline and competitive spirit will be a great asset in preparing the team for the bowl," Bohn said. "We are most appreciative of his willingness to take on this leadership role."

A possible successor has not yet been named but ESPN's Jim Donnan has been told that Bohn may have his sights on Wake Forest head coach Jim Grobe. Grobe was linebackers coach at Air Force when Bohn was an assistant athletic director at the school.

Hankwitz, 57, is in his second stint with the Buffs. Barnett named him defensive coordinator before last season. Hankwitz also coached with Colorado from 1985 through '94.

After that, he spent time at Kansas, Texas A&M and Arizona before returning to CU.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.