As far as the timing goes it was a bit of a surprise that Colorado fired Jon Embree after just two seasons at the helm in Boulder. Despite the results on the field, he went just 4-21 in his two seasons, he inherited a very tough situation and was given very little time to turn things around.
Embree deserved more than two seasons in Boulder to turn the program around and he was fired prematurely.
There’s a lot of opinions for and against the decision but it seems like Embree got a bit of a raw deal. It was hard to see any progress due to their 1-11 finish this season, one in which they did not win a home game for the first time in program history, and that was ultimately the reason behind his firing. However, Embree was not handed a very good team when he took over in 2010 and this year’s team was one of the youngest in the country. Not making excuses but those are just the facts.
Two years is just not enough time to fix a program that was in such disarray and Embree believed that he deserved more than just two seasons when speaking to the Denver Post.
“I’m disappointed. I’d like to get more of an opportunity but life ain’t fair” Embree told the Post. When asked what athletic director Mike Bohn told him when he was informed that he was let go Embree said, “He said he didn’t feel the trajectory was going in the right direction. I said what direction was it going when I got hired?”
Embree has the right to be upset and as an African-American head coach he feels that he was put in a bad situation but not given the proper time to get the job done.
“I mentioned that to Mike. I said, ‘You know we don’t get opportunities. At the end of the day, you’re fired and that’s it” Embree told the Post. “Right, wrong or indifferent. Tyrone Willingham was the only one who got fired and got hired again. We get bad jobs and no time to fix them”
Embree does have a point and if Colorado gave Dan Hawkins four, almost five, full seasons to run the program into the ground they certainly could have given him more time to dig them out of that hole.