When the Colorado Buffaloes join the 12 Pac next fall, there will be some new faces on their sidelines who should be familiar to UCLA fans. The University of Colorado will introduce Jon Embree as its next head football coach today. The Denver Post reports Embree will receive a five year deal. He will replace Dan Hawkins, who was fired during this season. Embree was a star receiver for the Buffaloes from 1983-86, then served in several college coaching positions including receivers coach for UCLA where he coached Bruin great Marcedes Lewis. He is currently the tight ends coach for the Washington Redskins, but will leave that job and immediately to assume responsibilities in Boulder. Embree is also the father of Bruins junior [edited] receiver Taylor Embree.
Also, Eric Bienemy will be introduced at the Buffs new offensive coordinator. Bienemy was a star tailback at Bishop Amat High School in the Los Angeles area before becoming CU's all time leading rusher in college. He played seven years in the NFL before turning to coaching at CU and then UCLA, where he coached Maurice Jones Drew. He is currently the running backs coach for the Minnesota Vikings working with Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart.
Though the career parallels between Embree and a certain former UCLA head football coach are uncanny, CU fans are very optimistic about this hire. Despite lacking previous head coaching credentials, Embree, as well as Bienemy, will bring a renewed enthusiasm to a football in Boulder which desperately needs a shot in the arm. There is particular optimism about the recruiting potential of this duo.
We certainly wish CU well with its new staff, and look forward to watching our new 12 Pac South colleague develop in the next few years. Here's to CU becoming the second best football program in Pac behind our Bruins, though both programs have plenty of work to do to reach that level.
Read more on the hiring and the fans reactions at The Ralphie Report, the excellent CU SBN site.