Saturday, Oklahoma will face off against Colorado and coach Dan Hawkins. Hawkins’ son, Cody, will be the starting quarterback for the Buffaloes, with starter Tyler Hansen dealing with a ruptured spleen.
Three years ago, before being supplanted by Hanson in the starting lineup, Cody led Colorado to a 27-24 win over OU in Boulder.
But since, it’s not been an easy situation for the Hawkins family, with Dan having to eventually bench his son in favor of Hansen last year.
Bob Stoops, who has 11-year-old twin sons, was asked if he’d want to coach his sons in college, too, someday.
“I really like Hawk. Coach Hawkins to me, is an excellent coach, a great guy,” Stoops said. “But no, I don’t think I would. That would always be tough.”
While in college, Stoops saw up close and personal how difficult it can be coaching your son at the college level. It can be difficult for the son playing for his father, too.
“I learned that when I went to Iowa,” Stoops recalled. “The guy that recruited me was Bob Cummings. It was his last year coaching at Iowa, my first year when I was redshirting. His son, Bob Jr., was our quarterback. And it was really tough.”
The Hawkeyes went 2-9 that year, and Cummings Sr. was fired after the season.
Hawkins has been on the hot seat, too, and the quarterback controversy involving his son has only had gasoline to the fire. Last season, Hawkins admitted that if had to do it again, he would not have coached his son in college, either.
“Being around that situation and just seeing what Dan has had to go through, it would just be really hard,” Stoops said. “This job is pressured enough and demanding enough. To have family in the middle of it would just seem to be pretty hard, pretty tough. I’m sure for both of them it’s been a tough situation. But in the end, their relationship I’m sure is as strong as ever because I know the kind of guy Hawk is. I’m sure they’ll grow from it. They’re bigger than that, then whatever can be said about them.”
So, where would Stoops send his sons if they developed into Division I prospects?
“They’re only 11, so I don’t know where I’ll be at that point,” Stoops said. “I won’t let them come here. I’ll send them to Iowa maybe and they can play for Coach (Kirk) Ferentz.”
What if they’re the best recruits in the country?
“I’ll tell them, ‘Go play for (brother Mike at Arizona) or somebody.’ Or like I said, ‘Go be a Hawkeye.’”