During today’s press conference on Dan Hawkins’ dismissal as Colorado Buffaloes head coach, athletic director Mike Bohn mentioned that former Buffaloes coach Bill McCartney is a possible candidate to take over:
“Bill McCartney is a viable candidate for us to consider, no question,” Bohn said.
However, Bohn is not looking to hire a caretaker for a season or two before the school settles on a long-term coach. So if McCartney is a serious candidate then he would need to stick around for a few more years into his mid 70s. McCartney supposedly has an interest in coaching again.
McCartney led the Buffaloes to a share of the 1990 NCAA championship with the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Coaching between 1982 and 1994, he picked up several school coaching records: most games (153), most wins (93) and most conference wins (58).
Has the game evolved too much for the 70-year-old McCartney to make a successful transition back to the coaching ranks? Time will tell as we see who else Colorado will look at for the position.