Hawkins applying his chase for excellence at CU

Dan Hawkins was aware of Colorado's problems. But the chance to make a difference is one reason he agreed to coach the Buffs, writes Ivan Maisel.

Updated: May 11, 2006, 5:02 PM ET
By Ivan Maisel | ESPN.com

BOULDER, Colo. -- In Dan Hawkins' mind, what concerns him about the Colorado he found when he took over the Buffaloes in December is not the two-year war of attrition that took the jobs of the athletic director, the university chancellor and, finally, Hawkins' predecessor as football coach.

It is not the allegations of sexual and alcoholic misconduct that set off that war. It is not the financial problems the athletic department has endured, not even the self-imposed recruiting restrictions ...

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