Jon Embree: 'We get bad jobs and no time to fix it'

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Monday November 26, 2012

Posted by: Chris Vannini on November 26, 2012

Jon Embree admitted his firing came as a surprise.

In an interview with The Denver Post, Embree said athletic director Mike Bohn had told him he would return for a third season. But on Sunday, the school announced Embree's firing.

"He said he didn't feel the trajectory of the program was going in the right direction," Embree told the paper. "I said, 'What direction was it going when I got hired?'"

The Buffaloes were 4-21 under Embree, including 1-11 this season. The 11 losses were a school record, as were the 46 points allowed per game.

"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," the school said in a statement. "It was a difficult decision, given Jon Embree's history with CU, and one we arrived at after considerable deliberation.  We appreciate his passion and dedication and wish him the best."

Last season, the Black Coaches Association was not happy with Kansas' firing of Turner Gill after just two seasons. The same would appear likely with Colorado.

"I mentioned that to Mike," Embree told the paper. "You know we don't get opportunities. At the end of the day, you get fired and that's it, right, wrong or indifferent. Tyrone Willingham was the only one who got fired and got hired again. We get bad jobs and no time to fix it."

Despite things not working out at his dream job, Embree said things would be OK.

"I'll coach again," Embree said. "My thing is getting my family right. They'll be upset. I'll try to help some of these players through this. We'll see what happens. I've been fired before and had plenty of opportunities."

Below are some player reactions to Embree's firing.


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