Montreal Alouettes fire Dan Hawkins

By Brian Murphy
bmurphy@idahostatesman.com

Former Boise State football coach Dan Hawkins has been fired by the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League after just five games, the team announced Thursday.

The Alouettes went 2-3 under Hawkins. General Manager Jim Popp will take over as head coach.

“Jim is the person most responsible for the success we have had over all these year,” owner Bob Wetenhall said. “I feel confident that he is the best person to coach our team at this time and I am very appreciative of him being willing to make this additional contribution to our franchise. He has the respect of our players as well as mine.”

The Alouettes defeated Edmonton 32-27 on July 25. Montreal does not play again until Aug. 8.

Hawkins went 53-11 in five seasons as Boise State’s head coach from 2001 to 2005. But things have not gone as well for Hawkins since he left Boise for Colorado at the end of the 2005 season. He went 19-39 in four-plus seasons with Colorado. Hawkins was fired in the middle of the 2010 season.

He had been out of coaching until Montreal hired him this season.

Sports columnist Brian Murphy writes about all sports in the Treasure Valley with a concentration on Boise State football and men's basketball. Murph has been with the Statesman since 2005. You can follow him on Twitter @MurphsTurph.

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