After a bye, UC Davis enters the final two games of Bob Biggs' long and successful run as its football coach.
It should be an emotional two weeks for a coach who cares so much about his team and university and for a team and university that care so much for their coach.
While it will seem odd for Aggies followers not to have Biggs as an official member of the team either as a player, assistant coach or head coach the program must go on.
But with whom as head coach?
New athletic director Terry Tumey must decide whether to hire a coach from within the program like former Aggies star quarterback Mike Moroski, who has been offensive coordinator for more than 15 years or outside the program.
Here's how he can do both.
Hire former UC Davis fullback and assistant coach Dan Hawkins, who must be itching to get back to the sideline after spending the past few seasons as an ESPN college football analyst.
Hawkins' résumé includes a successful stint at Christian Brothers High School before he climbed the collegiate ranks as head coach at Willamette University, Boise State and Colorado. His record is 112-61-1.
Hawkins knows Aggies football where it has been, where it's at and where it wants to go.
While Tumey can't offer near the money Colorado paid Hawkins in a failed run in Boulder, money should not be a concern.
Hawkins is a coach who needs a team, and a return to his roots makes sense.
UC Davis needs a coach who understands its history but has experience outside Yolo County.
It's time for Hawkins to come home.
Who should UC Davis hire to replace football coach Bob Biggs?
Vote above or leave your coments in the comments field; or go to www.sacbee.com/sports
Weekend poll results
Who will win the NBA championship?
L.A. Lakers: 8%
Oklahoma City: 22%
Total votes: 172
© Copyright The Sacramento Bee. All rights reserved.
Read more articles by Victor Contreras
What You Should Know About Comments on Sacbee.com
Sacbee.com is happy to provide a forum for reader interaction, discussion, feedback and reaction to our stories. However, we reserve the right to delete inappropriate comments or ban users who can't play nice. (See our full terms of service here.)
Here are some rules of the road:
Keep your comments civil. Don't insult one another or the subjects of our articles. If you think a comment violates our guidelines click the "Report Abuse" link to notify the moderators. Responding to the comment will only encourage bad behavior.
Don't use profanities, vulgarities or hate speech. This is a general interest news site. Sometimes, there are children present. Don't say anything in a way you wouldn't want your own child to hear.
Do not attack other users; focus your comments on issues, not individuals.
Stay on topic. Only post comments relevant to the article at hand.
Do not copy and paste outside material into the comment box.
Don't repeat the same comment over and over. We heard you the first time.
Do not use the commenting system for advertising. That's spam and it isn't allowed.
Don't use all capital letters. That's akin to yelling and not appreciated by the audience.
Don't flag other users' comments just because you don't agree with their point of view. Please only flag comments that violate these guidelines.
You should also know that The Sacramento Bee does not screen comments before they are posted. You are more likely to see inappropriate comments before our staff does, so we ask that you click the "Report Abuse" link to submit those comments for moderator review. You also may notify us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Note the headline on which the comment is made and tell us the profile name of the user who made the comment. Remember, comment moderation is subjective. You may find some material objectionable that we won't and vice versa.
If you submit a comment, the user name of your account will appear along with it. Users cannot remove their own comments once they have submitted them.