Historically and statistically, 2012 was the worst the Colorado football program has had to offer since Benjamin Harrison was in the White House. Or Woodrow Wilson, if that’s your political leaning.
At just 1-11 on the season, Jon Embree was the steward of the program’s worst winning percentage since a winless season in 1890. He also led the Buffs to their first winless season at home since 1920.
Following Friday’s season-ending loss, Embree assured the local media that his athletic director had his back. As it turns out, historical ineptness transcends even the most strenuous of perceived backing.
In a press release, Colorado announced Sunday night that Embree has been dismissed as the head football coach of the Buffaloes.
“On Sunday night, we announced the departure of Coach Jon Embree. We firmly believe a change in the leadership in our football program is in the best interests of the University of Colorado, particularly given our goal to compete at the highest levels of the Pac-12 Conference,” a statement attributed to president Bruce Benson, chancellor Philip P. DiStefano and athletic director Mike Bohn read. “It was a difficult decision, given Jon Embree’s history with CU, and one we arrived at after considerable deliberation. We appreciate his passion and dedication and wish him the best.
“We strive for excellence in all we do, and the university leadership is committed to doing everything we can to ensure success for our football program, for which we are accountable. We thank you, the entire university community, for your support during this challenging season and call upon you to join us in our efforts for a successful transition and future for the CU football program.”
In two seasons at Colorado, Embree managed just four wins against 21 losses. Embree was a Buff player in the mid-80s and was a member of the CU staff from 1993 through 2002.
In its release announcing Embree’s firing, CU stated that “Bohn will turn his attention immediately to forming a search committee to identify candidates for the coaching vacancy.”
Presumably, this search committee will not be pressured into again hiring a “CU man.”