Jon Embree Fired as Colorado Head Coach

David Daniels@TheRealDDanielsSenior Writer INovember 25, 2012

BOULDER, CO - OCTOBER 11:  Head coach Jon Embree of the Colorado Buffaloes reacts as he leads his team against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Folsom Field on October 11, 2012 in Boulder, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Colorado wasn’t willing to wait for Jon Embree to turn the herd around.

It fired its head coach after just two years with the program.

Bruce Feldman of CBS Sports reported the news via Twitter:

Jon Embree is out at Colorado after two seasons. Sources say he was just told by CU AD:

— Bruce Feldman (@BFeldmanCBS) November 26, 2012

While the Buffaloes didn’t give Embree much time at all, he didn’t give them much reason to believe he’d do anything with more.

In 2011, he led them to a 3-10 record. They fired Dan Hawkins for starting 3-6 the previous season, so Embree had to know he was on the hot seat going into this year. He needed to show improvement and that’s exactly what he failed to do.

Colorado finished its 2012 campaign with a pitiful 1-11 record.

It fielded the 119th-ranked scoring offense and 124th-ranked scoring defense. It’s difficult to win football games with that combination—maybe in the WAC it could’ve pulled out a couple of more Ws, but not in the talented Pac-12.

Only three of the Buffaloes' losses were one-score games too. If they had been able to come out on top in those contests, maybe Embree would’ve kept his job, but who knows.

Embree has to be crushed, though.

He played college ball at Colorado and got his first action as an assistant there as well as his first head coaching job. Combine his history with the program with the fact that the offensive-focused Embree had his starting quarterback, leading rusher and receiver returning, and the situation has to be tougher for the coach. The team's leading rusher and receiver were freshmen, so the future was at least somewhat promising.

But even with young talent, in the Pac-12, it isn’t exactly an attractive job right now.


David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.