According to Vic Lombardi of CBS4 Tuesday night, CU will begin coaching interviews on Wednesday and they’ll name a coach within 10 days. CU, as has been widely reported, will have about $2.5 million to spend on a coach per year, a steep increase from Embree’s approximately $750,000 per year salary.
CU athletic director Mike Bohn is looking to make a splash with his next coaching hire, and Lombardi says that two coaches who will be calling plays this weekend are on his list, and Bohn has identified one of the candidates as his favorite.
Considering Embree was let go just on Sunday, the Buffaloes aren’t wasting time in finding their next coach. By this time next week, there could be a new head coach in Boulder.
The names that we’ve gathered, based on our own knowledge and reports from Lombardi, The Denver Post and others:
-Gus Malzahn, Arkansas State head coach (famed former Auburn offensive coordinator)
-Tim DeRuyter, Fresno State head coach
-Gary Andersen, Utah State head coach
-Mark Mangino, former Kansas head coach
According to a source, CSU Pueblo coach John Wristen, who’s name had been floated as a possibility, has not been contacted by CU about the position.
Mile High Sports will have the latest for you – and we’re working on confirming some potentially significant news regarding the CU coaching search later today.