Thursday, March 3, 2011
Staff changes: Colorado
By ESPN.com staff
Only Oregon and Washington didn't experience any staff turnover this offseason, so we're running through the staff changes for the other 10 Pac-12 teams.
Next up is Colorado, which fired head coach Dan Hawkins and hired Jon Embree. So there was plenty of turnover.
Team in parenthesis is where the departing coach ended up.
Dan Hawkins, head coach
Jon Embree, head coach
Holdovers from Hawkins' staff
Brian Cabral, linebackers
Darian Hagan, recruiting coordinator (was running backs coach for Hawkins)
Eric Kiesau, offensive coordinator/QBs (California)
Darian Hagan, running backs (retained as recruiting coordinator)
Eric Bieniemy, offensive coordinator/RBs
Rip Scherer, quarterbacks/assistant head coach
Romeo Bandison, defensive line
Kanavis McGhee, defensive line
Mike Tuiasosopo, defensive line
Robert Prince, receivers (Boise State)
Bobby Kennedy, receivers
Ron Collins, defensive coordinator (Ohio)
Ashley Ambrose, secondary (California)
Greg Brown, defensive coordinator/secondary
Denver Johnson, offensive line (Tulsa)
Steve Marshall, offensive line
Kent Riddle, tight ends/special teams (North Texas)
J.D. Brookhart, tight ends/special teams/passing game coordinator
Reaction: There's a lot to like about Embree's first staff if you're a Buffaloes fan. It's still not clear if the defense will run a 4-3 or 3-4 -- or a little of both; the base in 2010 was a nickel (3-3-5) -- so McGhee's and Tuiasosopo's responsibilities haven't been defined. Brown and Tuiasosopo were hired away from Arizona and Marshall from California, and Kennedy coached at Washington before spending his last seven seasons at Texas, so there's plenty of Pac-12 knowledge on staff. Cabral has spent the past 23 years at Colorado, so he provides local continuity, as do Hagan, Bieniemy, McGhee and Embree, who all played at Colorado. Brookhart (Akron) and Scherer (James Madison and Memphis) have head coaching experience, while Embree, Bieniemy, Scherer, Marshall and Brown have significant NFL coaching experience.