BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4) – Jon Embree says he wasn’t given enough time, and is disappointed the University of Colorado won’t give him a chance to rebound from a difficult season.
“I was brought here to build something,” said an emotionally upset Embree in a news conference in Boulder on Monday.
Embree said he doesn’t agree with the firing, and that he wishes he had more time to do more recruiting and to strengthen the program.
He said he had a conversation with athletic director Mike Bohn on Saturday and got the impression then he would probably lose his job.
Embree talked about being a minority coach, and said there are still challenges for football coaches who are minorities at the collegiate level.
“I don’t know that there’s ever been another one fired that’s gotten another opportunity at the college level,” he said. “Although I didn’t succeed, maybe I created an opportunity for someone else,” he said.
Embree was in tears for some of the news conference, and he hugged several players in attendance afterwards.
The Buffaloes ended the season with a 1-11 record and didn’t win any games at Folsom Field. It was their worst season since the very first year of the program in 1890.
Embree had three years left on his contract and is due a $1.5 million buyout.