1. Although his record was not good, Hawk still won more games then Embree did. (.327 vs .160 winning percentage) 2. Hawk's teams were at least somewhat competative, Embree's teams got blown out almost every game. 3. With Hawk we looked like a functional football team, with Embree we had litterally the dead last ranked offense and defense in the country. 4. Hawk took us to a bowl game in his second year and was a miracle FG away from going to a bowl game the next year. 5. Hawk beat several ranked teams including #2 Oklahoma, Embree seemed to lose by 50 every time he played a ranked team. 6. At least on paper Hawk recruited better then Embree and thus there was more reason to believe that things would get better. 7. Hawk had tons of success at Boise State (53-11 record) whereas Embree had never even ascended above being a position coach and thus there was more reason to believe that Hawk would be able to turn things around then with Embree.