Colorado was going to crash regardless of who the coach was
Pretty much this. Colorado's situation is...complicated.
Hawkins works for ESPN now. He calls games on ESPNU.
He did good work at Boise, but the way they have continued to be good (and in fact have gotten better), most people have concluded that Petersen did the legwork.
I would say a smaller school might find it worthwhile to take a chance on Hawkins. He had some issues outside of the problems systemic to Colorado, but it's hard to assess how hamstrung he was.