Nov 28, 2012 2:12 AM by Eric Naktin

Former CU Coach McCartney, Citing Race, Criticizes Firing of Embree

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."

Embree was fired 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 ripped school officials for canning Embree instead of letting him make changes on the staff and giving him more time.  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.  Afterwards, he said the school did not give Embree, who is black, as much opportunity to succeed as they would have given a white coach.

McCartney also said CU, because it fired Embree, will have a more difficult time recruiting black players, no matter who the new coach is.




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