Bill McCartney, citing race, blasts CU's firing of Jon Embree

Staff reports Updated: November 27, 2012 at 12:00 am • Published: November 27, 2012

Former Colorado football coach Bill McCartney on Tuesday blasted university officials for firing Jon Embree after two seasons at the school.

McCartney, who coached Embree in the 1980s and helped get Embree hired at Colorado, told The Denver Post the firing was "unfair and unjust" and "had no integrity to it."

"For people to evaluate what he's done so far and be critical about it is so unfair," McCartney said. "You've got to be blind. You've got to be stupid to think that this is a reflection on his coaching. It's not."

Bohn fired Embree on Sunday after a two-year record of 4-21, including 1-11 this year, a school record for losses. McCartney, who coached Colorado to its lone national title in 1990, said Embree inherited a roster too inexperienced to compete in the Pac-12.

McCartney chastised Bohn for firing Embree instead of letting him make changes on the staff and giving him more time, as he got. McCartney won just seven games in his first three years, from 1982-84, then went on to become the winningest coach in school history.

Earlier, McCartney went on ESPN 102.3 FM and read a prepared letter to the Colorado administration and CU fans which castigated the move. After he read the letter, McCartney said the school did not give Embree, who is black, as much opportunity to succeed as they would have given a white coach. McCartney said he knows why he was given more than two years to work through losing seasons at CU.

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