Posted by Chip Patterson
Colorado can finally move past the Dan Hawkins era in Boulder, and they will have some familiar faces returning to lead the new regime. On Monday, the school officially introduced Jon Embree as their new head coach. A Colorado-grad, Embree played tight end for the Buffs in the 1980s and now is an assistant coach under Mike Shanahan with the Washington Redskins. While Colorado did not get a coach with any head coaching experience, they were able to bring along another name from their wish list. Eric Bienemy, the school's all-time leading rusher and now running backs coach for the Minnesota Vikings, will be brought on as offensive coordinator under Embree.
Bienemy and Embree not only will bring a sense of school pride to the program, but also were both names being discussed for the head coaching position. In getting both of them, the Buffs find themselves in a win-win situation. Combine that with winning 2 of their last 3 games, and there is reason to be excited about the beginning of this new chapter in Colorado football history. The last time both coaches were on staff was under Gary Barnett in 2001 and 2002, with the first year being Colorado's only Big 12 Conference Championship. It would be difficult to pencil them in as Big 12 contenders in 2011, but a change of scenery after next season could provide new opportunities for the evolving program.