The glory years began with a vision, new uniforms, and an innovative offense built on variety, misdirection, a dual-threat quarterback and a punishing running game
When the new coach was hired, he said that more than anything he wanted his players to graduate and be student athletes. At his introductory press conference he said, "You achieve what you emphasize. Until you set specific goals, you're liable to miss opportunities that come up along the way."
He didn't forecast an immediate turnaround. "I can only predict how [we] will play, with enthuiasm, togetherness and tenacity. Every single squad I coach here will be team-oriented."
Black and gold glory days: Darian Hagan starts the attack in a 1989 game for the Colorado Buffaloes, the start of a run of Top Ten teams in Boulder.
He took over 94 days before the start of the season. The team had lost to its chief rival 14 years in a row, and had been 7-26 under the previous coach. They tried to hire Lavell Edwards, but he wa...