It may not be the perfect choice, but it is the right choice. Meet John Embree, new head coach of the CU Buffs.
CU Athletic Director Mike Bohn listened to his alumni. He took into consideration the strained financial situation of the CU’s athletic program. He also thought about how to deal with the recruiting in the Pac12 and bringing ethnic diversity into the equation. And he figured out how to complete a package deal that included Eric Bienemy, one of the Buffs all time great running backs, as offensive coordinator.
On the surface it appears as a stroke of brilliance with the potential to bury the horrendous decision to hire Dan Hawkins 5 years ago. Only time will tell.
With the pieces in place all the Buffs need to do is win. And that won’t be easy with moving to the Pac12 Conference next year. But Bohn understands this and by hiring an ex-CU Buff he bought himself some additional time with alumni to turn the program around and get it headed in the right direction.
The first step in this process is recruiting high caliber athletes to play for CU. For years local top quality athletes have looked elsewhere to play. More importantly, however, will be the knowledge of the California recruiting environment that Embree and Bienemy both know well because of their prior experience together coaching at UCLA.
Good coaching and top caliber athletes will lead to wins. Winning will attract alumni donations from those that have grown distant from the program because of their struggles over the past 5 years. Combine that with the move to the Pac12 where a majority of CU alumni reside and all the factors for success are present.
As a season ticket holder I’m looking forward to the new direction coming to Folsom Field. Led by the best mascot in college football Ralphie I wish the season were starting tomorrow.