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Friday, December 10, 2010
Report: Colorado nabs Cal O-line coach

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

New Colorado coach Jon Embree is not wasting any time introducing himself to the Pac-12.

After hiring two assistants away from Arizona earlier this week, it appears he found his new offensive line coach at California, hiring  Steve Marshall away from the Bears.

The story was first reported by Rivals.com.

Marshall is a former Colorado assistant under Gary Barnett, so he knows Boulder as well as the conference formerly known as the Pac-10.

California coach Jeff Tedford only hired Marshall in 2009 after the highly respected Jim Michalczik bolted for a brief -- he never coached a practice -- stint at Washington before heading to the Oakland Raiders.

Embree also has hired former Buffaloes linebacker Kanavis McGhee to serve as defensive ends and outside linebackers coach. That's another tie-in to the Colorado team that split the national title with Georgia Tech in 1990, but McGhee also was in the news of late for another reason -- you might have seen this Sports Illustrated article: Confessions of a agent.

Of course, that was 20 years ago. Bygones?

Embree appears to have a clear plan on what he wants out of his staff, going for Colorado, NFL and Pac-10 ties. That's sound in terms of knowing a program, knowing future foes and recruiting.

And you have got to love how Embree trashed-talked his son, UCLA receiver Taylor Embree, here to the Denver Post:
"Taylor is excited," Embree said. "He hasn't beaten me at anything yet, whether it's basketball, pool, PlayStation. . . . He probably thinks this is the time he can get me. He's happy for me. He's a great kid. One of the things is, he grew up wanting to play here, but the opportunity didn't present himself."