A choked-up Jon Embree suggested Monday that the only way he could have turned around the University of Colorado's flailing football program in his two years as head coach was to take shortcuts in the classroom and on the recruiting trail.
''If you just hire the next guy and say you've got two years, keep your fingers crossed,'' Embree said at his farewell news conference a day after being fired.
Athletic director Mike Bohn, who fired Embree less than two years after he signed him to a five-year deal, said, ''Shortcuts are not going to be an answer and we're not going to hire a coach that expects to use shortcuts.''
What he does expect is a quick turnaround from a free-fall that saw the Buffaloes thumped by an average score of 48-17 in the Pac-12 during a 1-11 season that was the worst in the program's 123-year history.
In some ways, Embree's quick hook might have had a lot to do with the administration patiently sticking with his predecessor, Dan Hawkins, through five losing se...