Coming home

Bobby Kennedy has coached a handful of wide receivers to professional careers in the National Football League while at Texas and Washington during the past decade. Now he will try to return to his hometown and continue that success with the Buffs.

After seven seasons with the Texas Longhorns and 20 years in various stops around the college football world, Bobby Kennedy has decided to return to his roots and join Jon Embree's coaching staff at Colorado in Boulder, Kennedy's hometown.

Sources said Kennedy will be named wide receivers coach at Colorado early next week. He is the eighth assistant coach to be hired by Embree, though he was high on Embree's list of targets from the beginning.

Kennedy was a candidate for the head coaching job at Kent State earlier this month, which delayed his coming to Boulder. Sources said Embree talked to him about joining him in Boulder even before Embree was officially hired as the 24th head coach in CU history.

So rather than this being a move that took time for Embree to decide, it was more of a waiting game on Kennedy's end to see what other opportunities came his way.

Kennedy has coached wide receivers and running backs in his career and has been on the sidelines for 12 bowl games. He has coached in two national title games, including the 2005 championship won by the Longhorns.

Kennedy will have a nice nucleus to work with in Boulder but the wide receiver position needs more talent and depth to be sure.

The top returning players at the position are senior Toney Clemons and sophomore Paul Richardson.

Will Jefferson, who was moved to tailback for part of the 2010 season, could also be an option in 2011. It will also be interesting to see if coaches can finally develop third-year sophomore Jarrod Darden or redshirt freshman Keenan Canty.

Perhaps Kennedy can use some of his Texas recruiting ties to lure a few wide receivers north to join him in Boulder and take advantage of the opportunity to play early in their careers.


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