Report: Colorado Will Hire Jon Embree As Head Coach

The Colorado Buffaloes have fired Dan Hawkins in the middle of his fifth season in Boulder. Hawkins compiled a 19-38 record as head coach at Colorado. The search for his replacement is underway.

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Colorado AD Denies Offering Jon Embree Buffs HC Job

Well, that fell apart quickly: Colorado AD Mike Bohn has released a statement denying that the university extended an offer to former Buff Jon Embree to replace Dan Hawkins:

"The rumors that the University of Colorado has hired our next head football coach are untrue," Bohn said in a statement released by the school Thursday. "In the interests of the young men in our program, and our fans and supporters, I want to make clear that the search committee has not yet completed its work, and we have not yet offered the job to any candidate. We are hopeful of making a head coach announcement in the coming days and beginning a new and exciting era of CU football."

But ... but we already laid out all the reasons Embree would be a good fit for his alma mater at a point where they can't afford to make a splash hire! And that mustache!

For all the latest Colorado Buffs news, visit SB Nation's Ralphie Report.

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Report: Former Buff Jon Embree Offered Head Coaching Position At Colorado

Colorado struck out in its bids to secure the services of household coaching names like Les Miles and Mike Bellotti to replace Dan Hawkins, but with the war chest nearly bare and morale in the gutter, the Buffs have hit upon the next best thing: Jon Embree, a hometown guy, a Colorado man. The former standout player and current Washington Redskins tight ends coach doesn't have experience in the head chair, but in terms of rallying the troops, he may be just what the university needs.

Embree hasn't yet accepted the position, but a formal offer has been extended, and he's said to be mulling his decision. He coached for 11 years at his alma mater to launch his career, in various capacities as an assistant and positions coach, before spending a three-year stint as assistant coach at UCLA and moving on to the NFL. He also has a fine mustache, a crucial essential for Real Men in the Rockies.

SB Nation's Ralphie Report had figured this was how it was all going to shake out, and shares former Colorado coach (and search candidate) Bill McCartney's hopes that fellow Buff star Eric Bieniemy, now coaching for the Minnesota Vikings, will come on board in a coordinating capacity if Embree accepts.

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Reports Name Brian Cabral Interim Coach For Colorado Buffaloes

With Dan Hawkins out as the Colorado Buffalo head coach effective immediately, it is being reported by ABC 7 in Denver that linebackers and associate head coach Brian Cabral will take over interim coaching duties:

Cabral is a long time veteran of the staff who has consistently churned out strong linebacker units. He has worked for four Colorado head coaches during his tenure, Bill McCartney, Rick Neuheisel, Gary Barnett and now Dan Hawkins. For all seven seasons under Barnett, Cabral also was the assistant head coach, which included a three-month period in 2004 as interim head coach when Barnett was on paid administrative leave.

This looks to be a short term solution for Colorado as they will want to make a splash heading into the Pac-12 in 2011. Current LSU head coach Les Miles, who is a former Colorado assistant coach is on the short list for the jobs as is former Oregon head coach Mike Bellotti.

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Blogger Reaction: A Look Back At The Dan Hawkins Era

The firing of Colorado Buffaloes head coach Dan Hawkins was never a matter of if, but a matter of when he would be fired. SB Nation's Ralphie Report takes a look back at the Dan Hawkins era:

Hawkins went 19-39 as the Colorado head coach without a winning season in his five years at the University. He will be remembered for many things none of which center around winning football games. When he arrived on campus, he was energetic, engaging and had the ability to make you believe he was going to turn things around. Five years later, the coach changed. The fire was gone, the energy a distant memory and when he talked, he failed to make the fans believe he was the right man for the job.

It did not help that in his first game as the Colorado Buffalo head coach that Montana State came into Boulder and defeated the Buffaloes 19-10, or that his son was a quarterback that came to Colorado. Looks like Colorado wanted a clean break when they head to the Pac-12 next season.

However, Hawkins will always be best remembered for his rant where Hawkins said, 'Go play intramural's'.

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