Coach Bill McCartney speaks out on Embree firing

Denver, CO - Former University of Colorado football coach Bill McCartney read the following letter during the Tuesday CJ & Kreckman program, aired daily 3p-6p on 102.3 & 105.5 ESPN Denver.

Dear Colorado,

Please forgive my presumption that you might care to hear my opinions on a hot topic. Obviously, not everyone cares and so I intrude.

On June 10 1982 CU hired me to be their football coach. Arnold Weber was university president and Eddie Crowder was the athletic director. Three seasons later we had won only 7 games. Gordon gee was now the president and Bill Marolt was the athletic director. These four men were true professionals and provided unconditional support through difficult times. Never once did they interfere or question the directions of the program. Just the opposite, they offered me a new 4 year contract. From this time forward we won over 80% of our games.

Consequently, I have a debt of gratitude that is on-going. It has been 18 years since I coached. In that stretch I have responded to every request for my participation. I have genuinely supported each coach since then.

When John Embree was hired, I was thrilled. I had recruited Jon to CU. He turned down USC, UCLA and Ohio St. He was truly a national recruit. He was an exceptional player; a fine leader with tremendous football instincts. Jon was unselfish and very competitive. I encouraged him to pursue coaching and he proceeded to build a solid resume. Finally CU hired one or their own! Not only that- but with a pedigree that is exemplary. This guy is good.

To short circuit a 5 year contract before two full years is an indictment of true integrity. Webster’s Dictionary defines integrity as utter sincerity, honesty, candor, not artificial, not shallow and no empty promises.

Men and women of Colorado don’t let this happen. Please weigh in. This is wrong. It undermines the values of the university. This is a great school! Boulder is a special place. Please stand up and be counted.

Bill McCartney Head Football Coach 1982-1994