The dirty trick played on Jon Embree wasn't when he was fired at Colorado this week. It came when he was hired.
He thought he had gotten the job of digging out a once nationally relevant program.
He was hired because he was cheap, he was a former star CU player who had ties to the great-old days and he was black.
"It was never about me doing it again,'' former CU coach Bill McCartney told The Denver Post two years ago, when Embree was hired after rumors that McCartney might come back. "It was about setting the table for a black man to come in. And he (athletic director Mike Bohn) hired one. Now, give him a chance.''
As we know now, Embree didn't get a chance. He was fired this week after two lousy seasons. His firing became a national issue about race after he said he would have been given more time if he hadn't been black. When a CU official said Embree's firing had nothing to do with race, McCartney, Embree's champion, said ...