Coaching Candidates: Jon Embree

There are a strong group of alums that want Colorado's next coach to have CU ties. There is not a candidate out there that has stronger ties than current UCLA tight ends coach/passing game coordinator Jon Embree. Inside, a look at what he brings to the table and what the BSN is hearing on this situation.

Jon Embree
Age: 40

The Résumé
• Assistant head coach/tight ends coach/passing game coordinator UCLA 2002-present

• Assistant coach Colorado 1993-2002 (duties included tight ends, defensive ends, wide receivers)

• Tight end with Los Angeles Rams 1987-88

• Graduated from Colorado 1987

• Played at Colorado (tight end) 1983-86

The Connection
Embree, who starred at Cherry Creek High School before wearing the black and gold, is one of only nine people to have held an assistant coach job at Colorado for 10 years or more. He was a main player in Bill McCartney's fabled 1983 class, the one featuring several in-state kids who built the foundation for CU's turnaround.

The Buzz
Embree has said in the past it's his ambition to become a head coach. Since he wore the black and gold at such a seminal time in the program, then coached in Boulder for 10 years, he's well versed in the challenges and potentials the program has. Speculation is that if Embree were hired, he could lure former Buff player and coach, and current UCLA assistant, Eric Bieniemy back to CU. Bieniemy is considered one of the top recruiters in college football today. It is also known that Jon Embree would love to have other former Buff coaches and players on his staff. Darian Hagan and Brian Cabral would most likely keep their jobs in Boulder and many other names that CU fans would be excited about would be pursued for assistant jobs.

Embree is responsible for recruiting former, and current, players like Donald Strickland, Tyler Brayton, Justin Bannon, Mark Fenton, Rashidi Barnes, Damen Wheeler, Daniel Graham, Marcus Houston, and Alex Ligon.

He has coached two Mackey award-winning tight ends in Daniel Graham and this year's winner, Marcedes Lewis. Embree coached Graham his first two years in Boulder and helped current tight ends coach John Wristen coach him up as Wristen became acquainted with the position for the next couple seasons.

The Question Marks
• Though Embree's been around the Division I college game most of his adult life, he has no experience as a college coordinator (offensive or defensive). However, he is the passing game coordinator at UCLA and has been the assistant head coach the last three years.

What We Are Hearing
Legendary CU coach Bill McCartney is strongly supporting Embree as a candidate and Embree has stated that he would be very interested in the position. It is said that Coach McCartney believes he is the right man for the job.

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