Colorado football players say they want a voice in who the school hires to succeed Jon Embree as coach.

Multiple players interviewed Wednesday said athletic director Mike Bohn and the search committee did not ask their opinions in 2010 when the school hired Embree and they would have liked to have had the opportunity to share what they value most in a coach.

"Definitely, especially with me being on offense, I would like to know what we might be doing offensively," wide receiver Paul Richardson said. "...We can't really tell the administration to find a coach to coach us how we want to be coached. So whatever coach we get, I just hope we have mutual respect as players and coaches and be able to work together and finish turning this program around."

Defensive back Parker Orms said the mood inside the program three days after Embree was fired was still one of shock on Wednesday. He said players were expecting changes to be made in the offseason but no one expected Embree to lose his job after just two seasons.

Orms and Richardson said they disagreed with the decision but they have no choice but to move on at this point hoping they will be consulted about who replaces Embree.

"I definitely hope they include the players and especially the seniors on who they bring in and we can help them make the best decision for us and the program," Orms said.

There is a possibility offensive lineman David Bakhtiari won't return to the team in 2013. Bakhtiari, who has been named to the Pac-12 Conference all-conference team two years in a row, said he plans to consult seek advice regarding where he would be selected in the April NFL Draft if he decided to turn pro.

For now, Bakhtiari said all his focus is on returning for his senior season and trying to make it the best season in his career. He also hopes to be able to share his thoughts on who the next coach should be or what characteristics the school should be looking for in a coach.

"I think at the end of the day, the coach is going to be coaching us players and we're the ones out on the field," Bakhtiari said. "So I believe that we should have at least a little say. I'm definitely going to voice my opinion on how I think it should happen, not only for myself but the future of the Colorado program and all these freshmen. I think that they deserve the utmost respect and responsibility of the hired coach."

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