December 1, 2012
My preference would have been to give Jon Embree another year. I think Mike Bohn wanted to give Jon another year, too. I don’t believe Mike, who grew up in Boulder and bleeds Black and Gold, was permitted to offer that option by the “powers that be,” whoever they are.
In all fairness, Jon Embree could not be expected to repair all the damage done by his immediate predecessors, while restocking the cupboards, in just two years. The trend line when he arrived was headed into the abyss. The Buffs had one of the youngest groups of starters in Division 1 (only 8 seniors) and played one of the toughest schedules in the nation. Unfortunately, chaos on the sidelines played a role. As one of their own, CU’s administration should have done more to help Jon address the chaos, since his lack of experience as a head coach was a known quantity. Instead, he was hung out to dry, and then thrown under the bus.
I’ve watched the turnaround of my alma mater, Notre Dame, with wonder this season. Correcting player deficiencies in size, strength, conditioning, speed and discipline has taken three years. Close losses last year became narrow victories in 2012. The “Luck o’ the Irish” hasn’t hurt – God may not care whether ND wins, but His mother sure does.
CU can achieve and maintain academic and athletic excellence It may be a steep climb. Patience is a virtue. Go Buffs!