Colorado interviews Hawkins, Embree for coach post

Colorado officials confirmed that athletic director Mike Bohn interviewed two candidates to replace Gary Barnett over the weekend.

The first interview was of Boise State coach Dan Hawkins, in Idaho on Saturday. Hawkins confirmed Monday he met with CU and had informed his Broncos team of the meeting, but declined further comment.

In five years as head coach of the Broncos, Hawkins has a 52-10 record.

On Sunday, Bohn interviewed former Colorado player Jon Embree, who is now the assistant head coach and tight ends coach at UCLA. Embree was a standout tight end for the Buffaloes in the 1980s and, if hired, would be the football program's first African-American head coach.

"I would just like to say I was very appreciative of the
opportunity," Embree told the Boulder Daily Camera.

Colorado media reports last week said that Bohn indicated he had a leading candidate immediately in mind after firing Gary Barnett on Thursday. It's unclear whether Hawkins or Embree are that person, or whether Bohn will interview other candidates.

Bohn said Monday said he plans to hire a head coach before the Buffaloes leave on Dec. 21 for the Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando.

"I'd like the players to have the opportunity to meet him
before the game," Bohn said.

Barnett reluctantly accepted a $3 million
settlement Thursday, bringing to an end a tenure that was riddled by off-the-field problems but ultimately done in by recent bad results on the field.

The school named defensive coordinator Mike Hankwitz interim coach Friday and said he will coach the team in the Champs Sports Bowl.

Pat Forde is a senior writer for ESPN.com. He can be reached at ESPN4D@aol.com. Information from the Associated Press was also used in this report.