That might be the case, but they forget one key aspect of the job. Watson knows all about the University of Colorado, and knows very well to stay away from that job. Frankly, from my perspective, Colorado might be the worst head coaching job in the Big XII at this time. It's not impossible to do well at Colorado (witness a
First of all, there is the fan base. There is a solid group of core fans who support the Buffs through thick and thin. But it's a small core grouping relatively speaking. Unless the Buffs are playing a big-name opponent, folks in Denver seem to ignore the Buffs. They frequently have to resort to gimmicky discounts to sell tickets. That means two things: (1) it limits the revenue opportunities and (2) it forces Colorado to play a very demanding non-conference schedule (this year, it was Colorado State, Cal, Georgia, and Hawai'i).
Colorado's athletic department still hasn't paid off the debt incurred when they fired Gary Barnett, and now the severance package for Dan Hawkins gets added to the top of that. That will probably limit the amount of money available to pay the next coaching staff, though that actually might work out in Watson's favor, since they likely won't be able to hire a name coach.
The concerns of the state legislature about coaching contracts actually make the problem worse. The athletic department is restricted to only offering six multi-year contracts to coaches - meaning that there is no job stability or security for assistant coaches at Colorado. Watson knows this well; he survived this in Boulder, but he knows that it's going to be difficult to assemble a staff he wants in Boulder.
And now comes word that current Buffs offensive coordinator Eric Kiesau will be back next season, no matter who the next head coach is. He doesn't have to be coordinator, but it looks like the next head coach will have to keep him around. Again, that means that personnel decisions that typically are made by the new head coach will be made by someone else.
The next head coach at Colorado is going to find things tough...really tough to overcome. Not impossible, mind you. The right head coach could do it. Art Briles made Baylor a winner. Bill Snyder made Kansas State a winner. But the odds are stacked against success at Colorado, and Shawn Watson knows that from the inside. I really doubt he seriously considers it.