University of Colorado administrators and football fans might not think much of the coaching abilities of former head football coach Jon Embree and his assistants, but there appears to be plenty of respect for them in the football community.
Embree was hired as tight ends coach by the Cleveland Browns on Thursday nearly two months after being fired in Boulder. He produced a 4-21 record over two years trying to rebuild his alma mater.
Embree will work for newly hired Cleveland head coach Rob Chudzinski and offensive coordinator Norv Turner.
"It's just good to get going again and be coaching," Embree said. "I'm excited to get going and work with Norv and Chud. Norv's track record as an offensive coordinator is pretty strong. So I'm excited to work with him and some of the things he does from a creative standpoint with the tight ends. It should be a lot of fun."
Embree is the fourth member of last season's CU coaching staff to be hired by another school or organization. Former offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy was hired by the Kansas City Chiefs as an offensive assistant coach, former defensive coordinator Greg Brown was hired by two-time defending national champion Alabama to coach defensive backs and former linebackers coach Brian Cabral was hired as defensive coordinator at Indiana State.
Prior to being hired as CU's head coach, Embree spent five years in the NFL coaching tight ends for the Chiefs and Washington Redskins.
Embree said he talked with numerous friends in coaching about living and working in Cleveland and received positive reviews. He said former CU quarterbacks coach Rip Scherer and offensive line coach Steve Marshall both coached in Cleveland and said good things about the city and the organization.
Embree and his wife plan to keep their home in Boulder and make it their permanent residence. He said they had talked about building a home in Boulder in the years before he was hired as CU's coach. Embree said that he continues to hear from many of the players he used to coach.
"When I look back on the time at Colorado, I look back at the relationships that I've had with the players and that I continue to have," Embree said.
Embree founded the Buffs4Life charity in 2005 to help former CU student-athletes in need. He said he plans to continue his work with the organization. Its latest endeavor is endowing a scholarship with the CU athletic department. Embree said Buffs4Life is also trying to provide assistance to the family of former CU offensive lineman Bryan Stoltenberg, who died suddenly earlier this month after suffering serious injuries in a December traffic accident.
Sports information director Dave Plati said former CU wide receiver Austin Vincent has re-enrolled in classes at CU but nothing has been decided regarding his involvement with the football team.
Vincent left CU last year after pleading guilty to exposing himself to a female student while she was showering in a campus dorm in November 2011. He received five years probation.
Plati said Mike MacIntyre has not spoken with Vincent. Plati said Vincent is paying his way at CU and would have to walk-on if he is welcomed back into the program in the spring. It is unclear if he would be academically eligible to compete right away if he was welcomed back to the program.