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Barnett hoping for extension despite two blowout losses

Associated Press

Coming off a second straight humiliating loss, Colorado coach Gary Barnett said Sunday he still wants a contract extension and plans on leading the Buffaloes in the Champs Sports Bowl later this month.

Barnett said he talked with athletic director Mike Bohn about the bowl game against Clemson on Dec. 27, and said there were no indications he wouldn’t be coaching in Orlando, Fla.

“He expressed his excitement to get the chance to go down and compete and that was the extent of it,” Barnett said.

Bohn didn’t return messages left on his cell phone by the Associated Press.

After Saturday’s 70-3 loss to Texas in the Big 12 title game, Bohn told the Boulder Daily Camera: “We all have to look at everything and see what it’s going to take to get things going in the right direction. That’s what’s on everyone’s mind right now.”

Barnett has only a year left on his contract, and the subject of an extension has been in the forefront all season. While saying he likes Barnett, Bohn has remained noncommittal. One of the presumed reasons for no decision is that the school is still waiting for the results of a state audit of Barnett’s football camps, which is scheduled to be released Dec. 12.

But as the wait has lingered on, CU has gone on a three-game losing streak, including two to Nebraska and Texas by the combined score of 100-6.

Barnett is in the fourth year of a five-year deal, which includes a $2 million bonus if he completes the contract. CU is cash-strapped and it is believed if he re-signs, the bonus will be folded into the next deal. But if CU fires Barnett, he would still be owed $1.6 million of the bonus, plus a year of his annual base salary.

Hawaii 49, San Diego State 38

Colt Brennan threw for 326 yards and five touchdowns as Hawaii (5-7) put on an offensive show and defeated San Diego State (5-7) on Saturday night in Honolulu in the season finale for both teams.