New Buffaloes Head Coach Jon Embree Announced At Press Conference

Jon Embree has been named the next head coach of the Colorado Buffaloes.

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Colorado To Announce Jon Embree As Next Head Coach On Monday, Dec. 6; Contract Details Emerge

The University of Colorado has announced that it will name current Washington Redskins tight ends coach and former CU Buffs tight end stand out Jon Embree as the next coach of the Buffaloes on Monday. A press conference is scheduled for 10 a.m MT, which will also be streamed on

The Denver Post reports that Embree’s contract will be for five years and be less expensive than what the university paid the recently-fired Dan Hawkins. According to Embree’s agent, Jack Mills:

“He didn’t get as much base,” Mills said of Embree. “He wasn’t quite in that position. Maybe if he wins the Pac-12 he’ll get more money.”

Eric Bieniemy, recently hired as the team’s offensive coordinator may also be at the press conference tomorrow; however, no details on his contract have emerged.

Embree will be the 24th head coach in CU’s history and will lead the team during their initial transition to the Pac-12 conference this upcoming fall.


Jon Embree To Accept Colorado Head Coaching Job

While earlier in the week Colorado athletic director Mike Bohn denied offering the head coaching position to anyone, Redskins tight ends coach Jon Embree appeared to be the front runner for it. It is now likely that Colorado and Embree will announce his hiring.

Redskins report Grant Paulsen of 106.7 The Fan reports that a source close to the Colorado head coaching situation believes Jon Embree has accepted the Buffaloes job and that it will be official later today:

Confirmed: #Redskins TE's coach Jon Embree will accept the HC'ing job at Colorado. Source says it should be official ''in next few hours.''less than a minute ago via txt


With the earlier news that Eric Bieniemy has accepted Colorado's offensive coordinator job, this all but assured Embree would take over the reins at CU. Hiring an offensive coordinator without having a head coach on place or at least ready to accept the position would have been an unwise move.

Embree was in his first year with the Washington Redskins and had previously worked for Colorado as a assistant. The Washington Post reports that Embree will be allowed to leave the Redskins before the end of the season to start building his staff as well as to recruit.

Embree was a standout tight end for the Buffs in the mid-1980s, amassing 80 receptions for 1,166 yards and five touchdowns. As a new head coach, Embree will be able to set records for a Buffs head coach in the Pac-12.

h/t to SB Nation DC


Report: Eric Bieniemy To Be Named Colorado Buffaloes Offensive Coordinator

According to John Henderson of the Denver Post, current Minnesota Vikings running backs coach and former Colorado Buffalo running back Eric Bieniemy has accepted the offensive coordinator’s position with the Colorado Buffaloes. Bieniemy was a candidate for the head coaching position, but that appears to be Jon Embree’s, pending a contract.

Bieniemy was in his fifth season with the Minnesota Vikings and became an assistant head coach before the start of the current season. Before he joined the Vikings, Bieniemy had been the running backs coach for both UCLA and CU.

As a star running back for the Buffs, Bienemy holds numerous records, including career attempts (699), career net yards (3,940 yards), career 100-yard games (21), career touchdowns (41) and two 1,000-yard rushing seasons. He was also a part of the 1990 National Championship team.


Report: No Candidate Has Been Offered CU Head Coaching Job

It appears that the earlier reports of Jon Embree being offered the head coaching job at the University of Colorado were untrue.

According to Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post, Colorado Athletic Director Mike Born is disclaiming any reports that a decision has been made, claiming that no offers have been made.

CU AD Mike Bohn just released a statement saying CU has 'not yet offered the job to any candidate' despite reports saying he has.less than a minute ago via TweetDeck


Here is Bohn's statement:

University of Colorado athletic director Mike Bohn issued the following statement midday Thursday regarding the school's search for its vacant head football coaching position:

"The rumors that the University of Colorado has  hired our next head football coach are untrue. In the interests of the young men in our program, and our fans and supporters, I want to make clear that the search committee has not yet completed its work, and we have not yet offered the job to any candidate. We are hopeful of making a head coach announcement in the coming days and beginning a new and exciting era of CU football."

Embree is one of the finalists for the position, along with fellow CU alum Eric Bienemy.

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Colorado Coaching Search Down To Three, Likely To Be Named By Next Week

The search for the next head football coach at the University of Colorado is reportedly now down to three candidates, with a successor likely to be named by next Monday or Tuesday. Both the Boulder Daily Camera and the Denver Post are reporting that the coaching search has been narrowed to former CU running back Eric Bieniemy, former CU tight end Jon Embree and Alabama offensive coordinator Jim McElwain. Rumors persist that both Beiniemy and Embree have suggested that they would like the other to be a coordinator on their staffs if they are in fact given the head coaching position. 

A source also told the Post that Bieniemy has already laid out a suggested staff should he be hired:

Offensive coordinator: Embree.
Running backs (or another position): current CU running backs coach Darian Hagan and/or former Colorado State tailback and current Notre Dame assistant Tony Alford.
Offensive line: California O-line coach Steve Marshall, a former CU assistant (2000-01).
Defensive coordinator: University of Arizona co-defensive coordinator Greg Brown, a CU assistant for two stints.
Linebackers: Oakland Raiders defensive assistant Greg Biekert, a former Buffs standout.
Defensive line: Kanavis McGhee, a former Buffs second-team All-American.
Defensive secondary: current CU assistant Ashley Ambrose.


Mike Bohn: Bill McCartney 'Viable Candidate' For Colorado Buffaloes Job

During today’s press conference on Dan Hawkins’ dismissal as Colorado Buffaloes head coach, athletic director Mike Bohn mentioned that former Buffaloes coach Bill McCartney is a possible candidate to take over:

“Bill McCartney is a viable candidate for us to consider, no question,” Bohn said.

However, Bohn is not looking to hire a caretaker for a season or two before the school settles on a long-term coach. So if McCartney is a serious candidate then he would need to stick around for a few more years into his mid 70s. McCartney supposedly has an interest in coaching again.

McCartney led the Buffaloes to a share of the 1990 NCAA championship with the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Coaching between 1982 and 1994, he picked up several school coaching records: most games (153), most wins (93) and most conference wins (58).

Has the game evolved too much for the 70-year-old McCartney to make a successful transition back to the coaching ranks? Time will tell as we see who else Colorado will look at for the position.

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