Washington Redskins tight ends coach Jon Embree has been offered the head-coaching job at Colorado, according to a report in the Denver Post.
However, Colorado spokesman Dave Plati refuted the report to ESPN.com on Thursday afternoon.
"[Athletic director] Mike [Bohn] has not offered the job to anyone at this point. Rumors, everyone wanting to be first," he said.
Former Colorado coach Bill McCartney told the newspaper that the offer had been made.
McCartney also was a candidate for the job. He told the Post that one plan was for him to take the job, bring in Embree and Minnesota Vikings running backs coach Eric Bieniemy as assistants, and groom one of the two to become the head coach after a period of a few years.
Colorado elected to eliminate McCartney from contention, and the Buffaloes coach from 1982-94 said he pushed for Embree and Bieniemy, two of his former players, as the successor to Dan Hawkins.
"It was never about me doing it again," McCartney told the paper. "It was about setting the table for a black man to come in [as head coach]. And [Bohn] hired one. Now, give him a chance."
According to the report, Colorado would like Embree to take the job and hire Bieniemy as his offensive coordinator.