Jon Embree met with the media on Monday to discuss his dismissal as the head coach of the Colorado Buffaloes, and one day after being fired, he wasn't shy about mentioning how little time he had to change the culture of a football program needing rebuilding.
Embree lasted just two years as the Buffaloes' coach, and said CU fans should "keep their fingers crossed" if they give the next head coach only two years to turn the program around. Asked if he was assured he'd have enough time to rebuild a program at Colorado when he was hired, Embree said that he was told he could finish what he started:
Embree: "I thought I would be here to build it and at least try to have an opportunity to see it through."— Kyle Ringo (@KyleRingo) November 26, 2012
A number of Colorado players joined Embree during Monday's press conference to show support for their former head coach, who said he was most proud of changing the culture off the field, the Daily Camera's Kyle Ringo tweeted. Ringo also reported that six CU assistant coaches offered to resign so that Embree could keep his job.
That wasn't enough for Athletic Director Mike Bohn, who took heat during Monday's press conference:
Colorado media absolutely grilling the AD in the embree presser...not letting him off the hook at all— Tony Jones (@Tjonessltrib) November 26, 2012
Bohn ripping his own facilities and amenities instead of selling the job.— Dennis Dodd (@dennisdoddcbs) November 26, 2012
Justifiable or not, Embree's firing certainly came down to his record.
He was 4-21 in two seasons in Boulder, Colo., and the Buffaloes lost their last eight games during their 1-11 season. The single win came against fellow Pac-12 bottom-dweller Washington State.