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