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Looks Like McElwain’s Out At CU; McCartney Was Just Tryin’ To Help A Brother Out

According to The Denver Post’s John Henderson, former Buffaloes player Jon Embree will be the next head coach in Boulder.  A source tells the paper that it’s a “done deal” and ex-coach Bill McCartney says former Buff Eric Bieniemy will serve as offensive coordinator.

But CU athletic director Mike Bohn has yet to make the hire official and even denied that the search committee had finished its work.

Alabama offensive coordinator Jim McElwain had interviewed for the job.

McCartney — who retired from Colorado in the mid-90s to help run the religious organization “Promise Keepers” — said that he was never a serious candidate for the job.

“It was never about me doing it again,” McCartney said.  “It was about setting the table for a black man to come in (as head coach).  And (Bohn) hired one.  Now, give him a chance.”

McCartney also gave Bohn credit for hiring “outstanding black leaders.”

Embree and Bieniemy are both black.  We try not to pay too much attention to skin tone around here.  Sounds like McCartney can’t say the same.

Either way, it looks like McElwain will remain Alabama’s offensive coordinator.  At least for now.

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McElwain A Finalist At Colorado

It appears that Alabama offensive coordinator Jim McElwain is indeed a finalist for the vacant head coaching position at Colorado.

The Denver Post reported last evening that McElwain has interviewed for the Buffaloes’ job.  According to internet reports, other finalists include former CU player Eric Bieniemy (an assistant with the Minnesota Vikings), current CU assistant Brian Cabral, former CU player Jon Embree (an assistant with the Washington Redskins) and former CU coach Bill McCartney.

According to Tom Kensler of The Post, most CU fans favor someone with Colorado ties.  Checking the list above, you’ll see that McElwain is really the only outsider on the list.  You’ll note that there are no proven head coaches on that list, either.

Colorado is financially-strapped at the moment and the school will not begin to receive full Pac-12 revenue checks for quite a while. 

That’s probably why no one at CU has contacted LSU’s Les Miles or Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen.  The Buffs are going the cheap route.  It looks like they’re going to go the homegrown route, too.

And that could be bad news for McElwain, who interviewed last year at San Jose State.  The Crimson Tide ranked 28th in the nation in total offense this past season.

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