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Staff changes: Colorado

3/3/2011

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.

Out

Dan Hawkins, head coach

In

Jon Embree, head coach

Holdovers from Hawkins' staff

Brian Cabral, linebackers

Darian Hagan, recruiting coordinator (was running backs coach for Hawkins)

Out

Eric Kiesau, offensive coordinator/QBs (California)

Darian Hagan, running backs (retained as recruiting coordinator)

In

Eric Bieniemy, offensive coordinator/RBs

Rip Scherer, quarterbacks/assistant head coach

Out

Romeo Bandison, defensive line

In

Kanavis McGhee, defensive line

Mike Tuiasosopo, defensive line

Out

Robert Prince, receivers (Boise State)

In

Bobby Kennedy, receivers

Out

Ron Collins, defensive coordinator (Ohio)

Ashley Ambrose, secondary (California)

In

Greg Brown, defensive coordinator/secondary

Out

Denver Johnson, offensive line (Tulsa)

In

Steve Marshall, offensive line

Out

Kent Riddle, tight ends/special teams (North Texas)

In

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.