Former CU coach Bill McCartney told the Denver Post on Thursday that Embree had been offered the job. CU athletic director Mike Bohn issued a statement a short time later refuting that report.
"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."
Eric Bieniemy is in his fifth season as running backs coach with the Minnesota Vikings. He was promoted to assistant head coach prior to the start of the 2010 season.
Bieniemy is the Buffs' all-time leading rusher with 3,940 yards. He finished his career by winning a national title in 1990. He was third in the Heisman Trophy balloting that year.
Both men coached previously at CU. Embree is one of only nine people who have held assistant coaching jobs at the school for 10 years or more. He coached 10 years under three different coaches from 1993-2002. Bieniemy coached running backs at CU under former coach Gary Barnett in 2001 and 2002.
Both coaches then moved on to UCLA and the NFL.