Colorado names Embree as new football coach

Jon Embree, newly announced Colorado head football coach, talks to the media during a news conference at Folsom Field Monday, Dec. 6, 2010, in Boulder, Colo..

BOULDER — Jon Embree has been introduced as the new University of Colorado football coach after accepting a five-year deal.

Embree left his position as the tight ends coach of the Washington Redskins following their game against the New York Giants on Sunday to take over his dream job at his alma mater.

The 45-year-old Embree was a standout tight end for the Buffs in the mid-1980s and had a brief stint in the NFL before embarking on a coaching career.

He replaces Dan Hawkins, who was fired after going 19-39 during four-plus seasons in Boulder.

Joining Embree’s staff will be another former Buffs stalwart, Eric Bieniemy, who will finish out the season as the Minnesota Vikings running backs coach before returning as CU’s offensive coordinator.


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