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November 25, 2012

Embree out as Colorado's head coach

After compiling an abysmal 4-21 record in two seasons as Colorado's head coach, Jon Embree has been fired, the University announced Sunday evening.

Not only did Colorado struggle to win games under Embree's direction, they struggled to be competitive. During the 2012 season, the Buffs were outscored, 552-214. Colorado ranked dead last out of 120 FBS programs in scoring defense and 116th in scoring defense.

For the first time in school history, the Buffaloes lost 11 games in 2012. Colorado also went winless and tieless at home for the first time since 1891.

University of Colorado President Bruce Benson, CU-Boulder Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano and Athletic Director Mike Bohn released the following joint statement:

"On Sunday night, we announced the departure of Coach Jon Embree. 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. 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.

"We strive for excellence in all we do, and the university leadership is committed to doing everything we can to ensure success for our football program, for which we are accountable. We thank you, the entire university community, for your support during this challenging season and call upon you to join us in our efforts for a successful transition and future for the CU football program."

A source told BuffStampede.com that while Embree was willing to fire two defensive coaches from his staff, he was resistant to further changes. According to this source, a decision to fire Embree was not truly made by CU's administration until Sunday.

Embree has participated in a total of 202 games as a Buff: 25 as a head coach, 121 as a full-time assistant coach, 12 as a volunteer coach and 44 as a player.

Stay tuned to BuffStampede.com in the coming hours, days and weeks as we cover the search for Embree's replacement.


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