Jon Embree is out at Colorado after two seasons, two sources told CBSSports.com Sunday afternoon. The Buffs went 4-21 in his two seasons at CU. This year, Embree's team went 1-11.
Less than 48 hours ago, Embree told reporters that Colorado athletic director Mike Bohn had assured him he will return in 2013. But on Sunday afternoon, the coach was informed by the AD of the change.
After Embree met with his former players in a team meeting late Sunday afternoon, Bohn addressed the Buffs. The AD proceeded to give almost the exact same speech to the players that he had delivered after he fired Dan Hawkins two years ago, according to a source. While Bohn tried to answer some of their questions, a few players walked out of the meeting, the source said.
The 47-year-old former CU tight end had replaced Hawkins who spent five years at Colorado and went 19-39.
Some potential candidates that CU may consider to be its next coach: Air Force's Troy Calhoun (47-30 in six seasons at AFA); Fresno State's Tim DeRuyter (a former AFA player and coach who led the Bulldogs to a 9-3 record and their first conference title in 13 years in his first season at FSU); San Jose State's Mike MacIntyre (10-2 this season after turning a program that went 1-12 in his debut season in 2010) and Division II Colorado School of Mines' head coach Bob Stitt (90-57 at a place with strict academic standards).
Hiring a D2 guy might seem like a longshot, but keep in mind CU did hire Northern Colorado's Tad Boyle to be the Buffs basketball coach and that move has worked out extremely well. The Buffs are 52-25 since Boyle took over what had been a dismal CU hoops program. Last season, CU advanced to the NCAA's Round of 32 for the first time in 15 years.
The Denver Post also has listed former Cal coach Jeff Tedford; Stanford defensive coordinator Derek Mason and Washington defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox as possible candidates as well.