Former Pittsburgh and Stanford coach Walt Harris and former Colorado offensive coordinator Eric Kiesau won't be a part of Jon Embree's coaching staff.

Embree had discussed a job with both men earlier this month but both coaches have decided to pursue other options.Sources said Harris wanted a multi-year contract and Colorado wasn't able to offer him one because of a state law that limits the number of multi-year deals to six for each state institution. 

Kiesau has one year left on his multi-year deal but he has informed CU recruits he will not be back with the program in 2011. The school must negotiate a separation agreement with him.

Embree has named seven of the nine full-time assistant coaches for the 2011 season. One of them, offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, will have a multiyear deal along with Embree. The eight other 2011 assistants will not.

The school's inability to offer multiyear deals to all assistant coaches has played a big part in the high turnover rate among assistants with the program over the years. CU has had only one offseason since 1988-89 in which the program did not endure at least one change in the football coaching staff.

Embree, a former Buff tight end who played in Boulder in the mid-1980s, was hired to be the 24th head football coach in CU history after spending this season as the tight ends coach with the Washington Redskins.


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Embree is looking for a quarterback coach and a wide receivers coach to round out his staff.

Sources said Embree is talking with several current NFL assistant coaches about the two remaining openings on his staff and the positions might not be filled until early January because those candidates are completing the NFL regular season in their current jobs.

Texas wide receivers coach Bobby Kennedy, a Boulder native, also has been mentioned as a candidate for the wide receivers job at CU. Kennedy was a candidate for the head coaching job at Kent State. He has been with the Longhorns for the past seven seasons. Embree also plays a big part in hiring the strength and conditioning coach. The school fired former strength coach Jeff Pitman last week. Pitman followed Dan Hawkins to Boulder in the spring of 2006 from Boise State. Texas strength coach Jeff Madden will not be returning to Boulder. Madden has a strong relationship with Bieniemy, which is why his name surfaced earlier this month as a possible candidate to replace Pitman.

Madden was the strength coach at CU from 1989 through 1991.