BOULDER, Colo. —
Bohn and DiStefano both added that in order to compete in the Pac-12, the new coach will need help with enhanced recruiting efforts and upgraded football facilities.
The quick hook Embree received points to an administration that will have little patience in turning things around even with a young team and a late start on recruiting.
Embree suggested he would have had to cut corners academically and athletically to engineer the turnaround his bosses wanted in the short time he was given.
“I thought he was being honest and that’s what I respect a great deal about Jon,” Bohn said, adding, “Shortcuts are not going to be an answer, and we’re not going to hire a coach that expects to use shortcuts.”
Bohn bristled when asked if the pressure to win right away would put the program on a slippery slope.
“When you look at the trajectory we were on, we were already on a slippery slope,” he said. “So, at what time do we change that trajectory? And you look at the erosion of our fan base and the challenges that we’re having on the perception of the program, it’s difficult to change that. And often the best way to change that is to have a change in your leadership.”
Floyd Keith, executive director of the Black Coaches and Administrators, said Embree, who was the first black football coach at Colorado, should have received at least another year after taking over a program that had endured five losing seasons under Hawkins.
“They pulled the plug a little early on the guy,” Keith said. “Granted, they were getting beat pretty bad. But you have to have some wisdom to let him build it. He inherited three classes that had already proved they couldn’t win, and he was playing a bunch of freshmen and only had eight seniors.”