Emilien's pledge to be a Buff was supposedly tied to the fate of former secondary coach Ashley Ambrose. However, Emilien said he was still planning to be a Buff even after learning Ambrose was not retained as part of the 2011 coaching staff.
Emilien said Ambrose encouraged him to remain with the Buffs because his mentor, Greg Brown, was returning to the program as defensive coordinator.
Emilien said the decision not to honor the offer from the former CU coaching staff was explained to him this way:"I was informed by coach Embree that they don't need a safety, they need corners," Emilien said.
Emilien had played in five games in 2009 at Michigan and played sparingly against Connecticut this season before deciding he wanted out of Michigan. He said he still hopes to be with a new program by early January.