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Embree two-and-done at Colorado

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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.”

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23 Responses to “Embree two-and-done at Colorado”
  1. znpickett88 says: Nov 25, 2012 11:52 PM

    You will always be a Buff Coach Embree. Good Luck.

  2. larrybrown43 says: Nov 26, 2012 12:28 AM

    Deserved another year. McCarthy isn’t walking through the door.

  3. billmead1976 says: Nov 26, 2012 1:35 AM

    bad hire to begin with. the last decade has been a disgrace.

  4. elwaysmilehighdenver says: Nov 26, 2012 6:57 AM

    Ralphie the Buffalo was ashamed with this season!

  5. polegojim says: Nov 26, 2012 9:09 AM

    Who didn’t see this coming?

    Not only bad, but actually got WORSE in Y2. Just can’t have that in college football. Sadly, the Buffs don’t have a lot of recruiting clout anymore, and Embree’s tenure didn’t help.

    The Barnett era AD and Pres tried to kill the football program… and the last two years looked like they just about did.

    Next hire needs to be ‘for real’.

  6. polegojim says: Nov 26, 2012 9:11 AM

    PS – always find it humorous when players say things like… ‘We’re sad to see him go…” and externalize the situation.

    Want him to stay? Then WIN FOOTBALL GAMES

  7. spzzie says: Nov 26, 2012 10:04 AM

    2 seasons to turn around a program? Not enough time…they had a coach that the players loved. Now who will they get to turn the program around in 2 years

  8. hor2012 says: Nov 26, 2012 11:30 AM

    As a african american male I wish I could say this was about race. But, in todays NCAA you can’t win just four games in two years and expect to keep you job.

  9. huskersrock1 says: Nov 26, 2012 11:50 AM


    Why do you say “I wish I could say this was about race”?

    Don’t you want Martin Luther King’s dream to be realized? Don’t you wish that all people can be hired and fired based on their skills and knowledge and successes and failures. I don’t understand your post other than you will always side with the African-American except for blatantly obvious situations.

  10. hor2012 says: Nov 26, 2012 1:00 PM


    I don’t think their losing was about lack of effort. I think it was lack of talent. And, a lack of talent keep be overcome by a desire to win. So, they have the right to say they hate to see their coach fired. They just didn’t have the talent to do anything about it

  11. hor2012 says: Nov 26, 2012 1:02 PM

    That may have been written badly. The only thing I was trying to convey was that as bad as this sounds he didn’t deserve to keep his job. Sorry if it came across the wrong way

  12. John A. says: Nov 26, 2012 1:21 PM

    ‘As a african american male I wish I could say this was about race.’

    No… we got it the ‘right’ way, the way you really meant.

    You wish it was about racism, we got that loud-and-clear. You are a black man and you wish Embree’s firing was because he’s also black.

    That’s fine. It’s your right to feel that way.

    But it’s also our right to shake our heads and think people like YOU are also a reason why race relations in America aren’t better.

    Embree was fired because his teams were obviously not getting better and they were bad to start with. That he was black, white, polka dot, or green had ZERO to do with it.

    But to wish his skin color had something to do with it…. what’s wrong with you?

  13. rycoem says: Nov 26, 2012 1:25 PM

    There are 2 separate and distinct evaluations for a college head coach IMO – how they build and run the overall program and how they actually coach during a game and utilize the talent they have.

    I agree that 2 years is not enough to rebuild the program. However, I did not see enough from Embree in terms of game-day coaching to make me believe he was the answer – even if given more time. In this case, more time would have just delayed the inevitable.

  14. hor2012 says: Nov 26, 2012 1:25 PM

    The more I read that the worse it sounds. I’m sorry to anyone I offended by that statement. Let me say this. four wins in two year ain’t going to get it done

  15. huskersrock1 says: Nov 26, 2012 1:39 PM


    The point I am trying to make is that in order to truly have a color blind society African Americans need to be able to accept getting fired almost always has something more involved than just race. This firing doesn’t “look bad” and it wouldn’t “look bad” if he had been 6-6. It is what it is, the AD no longer wants to keep him under contract.

    Mike Holmgren was just forced to resign 2.5 years into a job that he claimed at the beginning would take 5 years. True, the results have been bad, but you could make an argument that he was treated unfairly or even fired because he was fat. In reality, the new owner probably wanted to go in a different direction or maybe the new owner just didn’t like him.

  16. huskersrock1 says: Nov 26, 2012 1:40 PM

    And all that being said, Peace to you hor2012.

  17. hor2012 says: Nov 26, 2012 1:44 PM

    John A

    I’ll try this again. I wish I wouldn’t have used that term. But, before you open you mouth and refuse to consider that I’m truly sorrow if I offended anyone. You might want to look at yourself and see if there some issues you may be harboring. And, concerning you state that I’m going to always side with African Americans. My vote in the last Presidential Election would say other wise. So, the real question may be what issues are you working with.

  18. John A. says: Nov 26, 2012 1:47 PM

    Did I say that you always side with African Americans? Show us where I said or even implied that.

    You, my friend, have some serious issues about race to fix. Serious issues.

    Good luck with that.

  19. hor2012 says: Nov 26, 2012 1:54 PM

    John A

    You wish it was about racism, we got that loud-and-clear. You are a black man and you wish Embree’s firing was because he’s also black.

    That’s fine. It’s your right to feel that way.

    But it’s also our right to shake our heads and think people like YOU are also a reason why race relations in America aren’t better.

    Now, you want to try that again. You implied that in your statement. I said I was sorry. I wished I hadn’t posted that statement. But, at lest I have the sense to realize that I could have been taken the wrong way. Now, anyone in thier right mind would suggest that you’re saying that I’m going to support blacks no matter what. That’s exactly what you meant. I was wrong. Shouldn’t have posted that. But, it was a bad choice of words. But, I do agree I may have some learning to do about race. But, I don’t think I’m the only one

  20. 808raiderinparadise says: Nov 26, 2012 6:22 PM

    CFB … you win with recruiting POINT BLANK.

    You recruit the right kids to excell in your offensive and defensive schemes and you can win big.

    Nothing to do with anything else.

  21. lakesidegator says: Nov 26, 2012 9:22 PM

    Based upon the results…………………………………………………………

    Can his a$$!

    ’nuff said!!

  22. florida727 says: Nov 27, 2012 9:47 AM

    I lost a lot of respect for Embree when in his press conference he started whining about not getting “a second chance” BECAUSE HE’S BLACK.

    On the flip side of that, I don’t care what anybody says, two years is NOT enough to prove yourself. You’re still working with someone else’s players who were recruited to play in THAT system, not YOUR system. However, they are still athletes, and you should show SOME progress… not much, just SOME. First winless home season in “x” number of years doesn’t bode well amongst the donors to the program.

    I don’t know Embree, nor do I know anything about him, as a coach or as a person. Was the firing the right call? I don’t know. It is what it is. To say it was race related though begs just one question: if his firing was race related, what was his HIRING? That’s the one question most closet-racists never ask. Sorry. End of rant.

  23. dinklespiel says: Nov 28, 2012 8:57 AM

    Would everybody stop jumping on hor2012? He apologized. That’s more than you will hear in the Senate when ambassador Rice’s name is rolled out. Where’s Dr. King’s Dream when we need It?

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