Former Colorado coach Bill McCartney said "a good source" told him former Buff tight end Jon Embree has been offered the head coaching job in the CU football program.

In addition, McCartney said his source said former CU running back Eric Bieniemy will join Embree in Boulder as offensive coordinator and possibly assistant head coach.

Embree is the current tight ends coach for the Washington Redskins and Bieniemy is the assistant head coach and running backs coach for the Minnesota Vikings. The two coached in Boulder together in 2001 and 2002 under former coach Gary Barnett.

"I think if they get both guys, it's awesome," McCartney said. "Because I think both guys are special."

Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan told reporters today the organization will release tight ends coach Jon Embree immediately to begin coaching and recruiting at Colorado if the university hires him to succeed Dan Hawkins.

Shanahan said he has talked with CU officials and was asked if he would allow Embree to leave the team in the middle of the season.

"I told them that I would if he was given the job, to help them with recruiting and get his staff," Shanahan told the Washington Post. "I've always believed, and I've always had a philosophy, that if one of your assistant coaches has a chance to be a head coach, and really upgrade their job, and a lifelong dream for him, that I'd be more than happy to let him go early.


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"We've got a bunch of quality coaches on our staff that can pick up the slack. Jon's just a heck of a football coach, a heck of a guy. If he does the job at CU, he'll do a fantastic job."

CU athletic director Mike Bohn is denying reports that the school has offered Jon Embree the head football coaching position with the Buffs.

Eric Bieniemy in his playing days on the CU Buffs Daily Camera File photo by Cliff Grassmick
Eric Bieniemy in his playing days on the CU Buffs Daily Camera File photo by Cliff Grassmick (CLIFF GRASSMICK)

"The rumors that the University of Colorado has hired our next head football coach are untrue," Bohn said in a statement released by the school earlier Thursday. "In the interests of the young men in our program, and our fans and supporters, I want to make clear that the search committee has not yet completed its work, and we have not yet offered the job to any candidate. We are hopeful of making a head coach announcement in the coming days and beginning a new and exciting era of CU football."