Redskins' Embree reaches deal at Colorado

By Jason Reid
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, December 5, 2010; D06

Washington Redskins tight ends coach Jon Embree has reached an agreement to become head coach at the University of Colorado, he said in a phone interview Saturday night.

"My agent is just trying to take care of a couple of things, but I'm planning to sign [the contract] tonight," Embree said. "It's my dream job, and I'm really looking forward to getting to work and leading my alma mater."

Embree and his representative reached an agreement in principle with Colorado on Saturday night after a meeting with Colorado athletic officials. A news conference is tentatively scheduled for Monday on the Boulder, Colo., campus.

Embree will be with the Redskins for Sunday's game against the New York Giants at New Meadowlands Stadium, and then will begin his duties with Colorado. Coach Mike Shanahan recently informed university officials he would permit Embree to leave before the end of the season to assemble his coaching staff and recruit.

"Sunday will be my last day," Embree said. "I've had a great experience with Mike and coaching for the Redskins, and I'm appreciative for his support."

Among the nation's most successful programs in the 1990s, Colorado has struggled for several seasons. Embree, a former standout tight end for the Buffaloes and an assistant coach there for 10 seasons, is determined to lead the program back to prominence.

"Definitely, I am," he said. "I feel like the guys that I have, that I'll be bringing, can really help the program.

"Recently, I don't think the program has been representative of what it can be. We've seen what was accomplished in the past, and we're looking forward to a bright future."

Embree said it would be difficult to leave the Redskins, particularly the tight ends he's coached since spring.

"Definitely, it was great working with those guys - Chris [Cooley], Fred [Davis] and Logan" Paulsen, he said. "I was really looking forward to continuing working with those guys, to see them develop and grow. They're a great group."

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