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Hawkins, Colorado agree to contract extension

10/7/2008 - Colorado Buffaloes

BOULDER, Colo. -- Colorado coach Dan Hawkins and the university agreed to a contract extension that could keep him with the Buffaloes through 2012.

Hawkins is 11-19 in his third year at Colorado, and the Buffaloes are 3-2 this season.

The new contract was announced Tuesday and takes effect July 1.

"Everybody else seems to worry about that more than I do," Hawkins said of his new deal. "The way I was raised, you've got to show up, put your boots on and go to work every day."

Hawkins originally signed a five-year, $4.25 million contract, not including incentives, that was to run through Dec. 31, 2010. He's scheduled to earn $951,720 this season prior to incentives.

With his new deal, Hawkins can earn incentives for winning seven games ($50,000), being Big 12 coach of the year ($25,000) and national coach of the year ($50,000). He will also receive an additional $150,000 if the team makes it to the Big 12 championship game and $250,000 if the Buffaloes win the Big 12 title contest or go to a BCS bowl.

"We really believe the wins will come, and the wins will come at an abundance as this program continues to grow," Colorado athletic director Mike Bohn said. "His work ethic, dedication, commitment and passion are really unparalleled and incredibly contagious."