University of Colorado Head Football Coach Fired, Perhaps Unjustly
Jon Embree, CU head football coach, was fired on November 25. After completing the worst season in the history of CU football, Mike Bohn, CU athletic director, released the 47 year old coach. In his two seasons in charge, Embree had records of 3-10 and 1-11, extending CU’s losing season streak to seven. Addressing his players in a press conference after he was terminated, Embree said, “As we move forward, know I’ll always have your back and I’ll do anything I can for you.” In a joint-statement with Bruce Benson and Chancellor Philip Di-Stefano, Mike Bohr, CU athletic director, said "We firmly believe a change in the leadership in our football program is in the best interests of the University of Colorado, particularly given our goal to compete at the highest levels of the Pac-12 Conference.” However, despite the losing record, this was still a shock to many players, students, and fans in the CU community. Senior linebacker Doug Rippy said "Man, it's crazy. I had no idea. I didn't see it coming at all.” Senior tight end Nick Kasa agreed with Rippy, saying "I personally think it's a mistake. Those coaches knew what they were doing, and we were going in the right direction.”
Even Bill McCartney, title-winning CU coach in the 80’s and 90’s, was a little distraught at the sacking of Embree, claiming that it was racist of Mike Bohr and CU. Referencing Embree’s white predecessor, Dan Hawkins, and his five-year reign at CU with the same lack of results, McCartney said “I believe black men have less opportunity, less tenure, shorter time...I’m telling you, this guy [Embree] can match wits with any white guy out there.”
However, no matter the reason, Embree is no longer the CU head coach. Boulder is now just waiting to see who the next man will be to lead the Buffaloes back to prosperity.