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Could former Colorado coach Dan Hawkins be a candidate at San Jose State?

After the Buffaloes hired away the Spartans' football coach this offseason, could a "trade" be in the works?

Marc Piscotty

While former San Jose State coach Mike MacIntyre has gotten rave reviews since Colorado hired him to become their new football coach, his old school is still trying to figure out who would be best suited to keeping the momentum MacIntyre created in Northern California.

Over at the San Jose Mercury News, Jon Wilner offers up a preliminary list of candidates, including a familiar face to Buffaloes fans:

Former Boise State/Colorado coach Dan Hawkins: Hawkins bombed at Colorado but is a proven winner at the non-AQ level and remains close with Bleymaier. He also knows Northern California, having played at UC Davis.

While Hawkins is now known mostly for his disastrous stint in Boulder, he was remarkably successful in his time at Boise, where he helped build the foundation that Chris Petersen turned into a national power.

The AD at San Jose State, Gene Blaymaier, is the former AD at Boise, and he and Hawkins go way back.

I can see it now: "This is Mountain West Conference football! This ain't intramurals, brother."