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.''
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.