Hankwitz will coach Colorado in bowl

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.

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.