Jun 30, 2011 3:11 AM by Lee Douglas

Football in June?

It seems rather strange to talk about football in June but close to 500 fans were certainly ready to talk college football at Wednesday's College Football Kickoff Luncheon sponsored by the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation.

A sell-out crowed showed up at the Colorado Springs Marriott to hear from four of Colorado's most notable college football coaches. New University of Colorado football coach Jon Embree was joined by Troy Calhoun of Air Force, CSU-Pueblo's John Wristen and first year coach Earnest Collins from the University of Northern Colorado. CSU football coach Steve Fairchild wasn't able to attend but sophomore quarterback Pete Thomas represented the Rams and joined the panel of coaches.

Calhoun's Falcons are coming off four straight bowl seasons and expectations are higher than ever. He told News First Sports Director Lee Douglas "At our place there should be high expectations of doing a great job of educating and graduating young men and young women at the Academy. And along the way it sure the heck is OK to play good football too."

Embree takes over a CU program that is moving from the Big 12 Conference to the Pac 10. He replaces Dan Hawkins who was fired after five straight losing seasons with the Buffs. Embree, a former CU tight end said, "When our kids look back on it four or five years from now we hope they say they maximized their potential and that they had a great time both on and off the field."

Wristen enters his fourth season at CSU-Pueblo while Collins, a former player at the University of Northern Colorado, begins his first season as the Bears head coach.






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