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November 28, 2012

He sure knows how to pick ’em

(Continued)

BOULDER, Colo. —

When asked what message Embree’s quick firing sent to minorities, DiStefano said diversity remained a priority at the school and in the athletic department.

“We didn’t hire Jon because he’s an African-American and we didn’t fire Jon because he’s an African-American,” DiStefano said.

Embree, though, suggested he faces long odds in getting another head coaching job at this level, noting that of all the black head coaches in college football, only Tyrone Willingham, who went to Washington from Notre Dame, got another chance to coach in the FBS after getting fired.

“I made the comment to Mike, we don’t get second chances,” Embree said. “... Eventually, that’ll change. And that’s OK. Although I didn’t succeed, maybe I created an opportunity for someone else.”

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