McCall connected with Colorado search

Northwestern offensive coordinator Mick McCall could be a candidate for Colorado's head-coaching vacancy.

In searching for its next head coach, Colorado could have Mick McCall in mind. The Buffaloes may have interest in the services of Northwestern's offensive coordinator, according to a source.

On Sunday, Colorado fired second-year head coach Jon Embree, a decorated former player in the program. Names mentioned for the job include Air Force's Troy Calhoun, Mark Mangino, Jeff Tedford, and Bobby Petrino.

McCall would be a great fit for the Colorado job. He graduated from Southern Colorado University, coached at the high-school level for 10 seasons with Douglas County and J.K. Mullen high schools in Colorado, and maintains strong recruiting ties in the state.

McCall came to Northwestern in 2008 after a one-year stint at Bowling Green's offensive coordinator. With NU, McCall served as the architect of an offense around five different starting quarterbacks in five seasons.

Colorado finished its season with a 1-11 record, losing every home game at Folsom Field. Northwestern capped off a 9-3 regular season by beating rival Illinois, and is preparing for a New Year's Day bowl appearance.

Chris Emma has covered recruiting, college athletics and professional baseball for FOX Sports Next since 2009. Emma covered the Nebraska Cornhuskers for Big Red Report, and currently covers the Northwestern Wildcats. He resides on Chicago's north side.
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