Head Coach Candidates: Dave Logan

Head Coach Candidates: Dave Logan

When it comes to Colorado football personalities, nobody is as tuned in as Dave Logan. A three-sport star at Wheat Ridge High School, Logan continued to stand out in football at the University of Colorado. He moved on to play wide receiver for the Cleveland Browns from 1976-83 and then the Denver Broncos in 1984. Many CU fans have voiced their opinions that they think he would be a great fit in Boulder. We take an in-depth look at his background, why he would fit, and why he wouldn't.

The Man

Dave Logan knows football. He has been involved with the sport since he was very young. Logan grew up in Colorado, played at Colorado, and for the Denver Broncos and Cleveland Browns.

Logan reeled in 253 catches for 4,250 yards (16.2 ypc) and 24 scores in nine seasons and 119 games for the Broncos and Browns during his career.

Die hard CU fans recall what was arguably Logan's most memorable performance; when the lanky wideout reeled in a four-yard touchdown pass from David Williams to give then-tenth ranked Buffaloes a 21-7 lead over Texas in the 1975 Bluebonnet Bowl, silencing a crowd of more than 53,000 in Dallas. The game has gone down in university history, though, for what CU was unable to do from that point on. The Buffs never scored in the second half of that game, and the Longhorns rode a 24-point third quarter to a stunning 38-21 upset of Colorado.

For many Colorado sports fans, though, Logan is best known for his work as a broadcaster, talk-show host and football coach at local high schools Arvada West, Chatfield, and now J.K. Mullen.

In seven seasons from 1993-99, Logan led Arvada West to a 61-23 record, including the ‘97 5A title, and was 30-7 from 2000-02 at Chatfield, including the 5A championship in ‘01, when the Chargers went 14-0 and were one of only four teams in 20 years to finish a big-school season undefeated. He is 15-6 in the playoffs and 2-1 in title games.

Logan, 50, worked as commentator with play-by-play man Larry Zimmer on KOA Radio's Broncos broadcasts. In 1996, he handled play-by-play duties on the road and in 1997 became the play-by-play voice of the Broncos.

He and former NBA player Scott Hastings, now the color commentator for Broncos games, host a weekday sports-talk show; ‘The Sports Zoo" airing afternoons on KOA. In the summer of 1999 he was selected favorite play-by-play broadcaster and radio personality in a Denver Post media poll, but Logan has refused any temptation to move on to a larger market. Logan was elected to the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame in December of 1999 along with longtime Broncos coach Dan Reeves, whose games Logan called on KOA for years.

Why he'd fit

Dave Logan has a Midas touch. In everything he's ever done; from earning the Denver Post's ‘Golden Helmet' award for being the top high school senior in the state, to becoming one of the most successful high school head coaches and broadcasters in regional history; failure is not something Logan has come to know often.

With Rocky Mountain sports ties dating back three decades and a unique notoriety unmatched by anyone else in the state, Logan might just be the friendly face the University of Colorado needs to at least calm a restless public.

Logan has proven himself as a head coach. There are inherent differences in the game and its practices between the high school and college ranks, and Logan certainly understand these as well as anyone. If there is one person who could somehow shift public attention from the University's past this fall and back to action on Folsom Field, it's Dave.

What might have CU fans drooling over Logan more than any other potential candidate, though, is the grasp he would have on recruiting state-wide. There may be better head coaches available to the athletic department should Barnett or interim head coach Brian Cabral not return next season, but Logan might be hands-down the best recruiting asset the University could acquire. Not only has he been able to witness first hand the process of recruiting from the high school level (something the majority of Division-I coaches lose touch with soon after they enter the college ranks) but Logan understands, and would genuinely be concerned with, the future of the young men he would bring to CU.

Exactly the sort of personality traits University officials will look to see roaming the sidelines this fall.

Why he wouldn't

It's rumored that, before it was filled, Denver Broncos head coach Mike Shannahan offered Logan a position as wide receivers coach on his team. Steve Watson, another past Denver great, eventually took the position, but if Logan wanted it now many feel it would be his.

In one form or another, Logan has been immersed in the NFL for the last 20 years. It's a league with a following that gives off a rush unmatched by even the most high-profile college program. The people, the atmosphere, and the level of play is unique to any other experience in football, and it's one that's difficult for anyone to walk away from.

The question Dave would have to ask himself before taking over such a controversy-ridden program as CU is just what kind of football involvement he's looking for. It's true that Logan has made a name for himself over the last decade as one of the most successful high school coaches in the state's history, and there's a reason for that.

Logan understands the inner-workings of football at literally every level. Thus, he is one of the few people the University could offer the position who could truly grasp the long road ahead of whoever is coaching the Buffs in 2004. The thought of just entering into negotiations for the job is daunting enough to make even the most seasoned public relations specialist have serious second thoughts.

It's widely accepted that Logan could have been a college head coach five years ago. If he does reserve plans to one day head up a Division-I program, it's logical to assume he'd wait for a less public opportunity. Those who know Logan, both personally and professionally, have nothing but great things to say about the Colorado sports legend. If there is a place for Logan now at CU, it will probably still be there later down the road.

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