February 13, 2009 4:45 PM
O-line search still on
Coach Dan Hawkins says he's ``close'' to identifying Jeff Grimes' replacement as offensive line coach.
But, really, what's the hurry?
Spring practice doesn't begin until March 31, and between now and then, the coaches' quality time with players is limited. Plus, former Buffs guard Brad Bedell, who served as Grimes' offensive technical intern, remains in that role and is a capable on-site guy.
So, Hawkins apparently is sticking by last week's assessment of not being in a great rush to have his new hire on campus before the middle of the month. Make no mistake, it's a critical hire, and finding the right fit makes lots of sense.
Hawkins said last week he wanted the NFL's hiring process to ``shake itself out'' before he made a final decision, adding he knew ``a couple of really good ones'' who presumably were involved in the remaining NFL fallout.
The only two names that have surfaced publicly as possible candidates are former Illinois State head coach Denver Johnson and former Syracuse O-line coach Chris Wiesehan.
But at least another couple of candidates are believed to be on Hawkins' list.
He's also putting together a list of replacements for Mark Nolan, CU's assistant director of football operations/on-campus recruiting who is following his longtime desire to be a head coach (Regis High School).
Nolan, 36, played in the secondary for Hawkins at Williamette (Ore.) University..