could happen. In 20 years we might speak of Jon Embree--as a coach--in the same hushed tones we currently reserve for Coach Mac. And also that I recognize that the Search Committee and Bohn were forced to wrestle with fiscal and political realities that we aren't in a position to fully understand. They were privy to interviews and information that I was not. However, I remain underwhelmed with our top three (as outlined by the BDC yesterday). Our Program: Remains a top-20 in all time wins, and in the last two decades spent years at a time in the top 5/10 positions in the polls. Less than 20 years we had the highest paid head coach in college football. Football is practically our sole revenue-generating sport (guessing on that one...anyone?). All of Colorado's sports and student-athletes are somewhat dependant on a successful football program. It's what unites us as a state, as alums and as a fanbase. A successful football program helps link us to our University, and generates excitement and donations for our school. We want to be proud of our football program. The Top Three: To this fan, our top three candidates would all constitute risky hires. None are proven as Head Coaches at the college level. Two out of three have no coordinator experience. None would be considered "hot hires". At a down time in our program's history, an exciting hire would reignite (presumably) dwndling excitement for our program. None of these hires (apologies to the pro-EB crowd, but I don't really get that one) excite me. As screechy internet fans... we shouted down qualified candidates. Not that I believe that it influenced the hiring process. But some of those candidates that qualified as "meh" (or worse), not too long ago include names like Calhoun, Hoke, Richt and Fitzgerald. I'd place any of those proven candidates over the three that were selected. Not that they were beating down our door, or were interested on any level. But still... For Christ's sake, Kansas chose a somewhat proven D1 HC. Have we sunk below Kansas' football level? Their fanbase would probably think so, but I think a survey of college football fans outside of Kansas would disagree. How did we get here. When did we abandon the driver's seat? What factors influenced this process that resulted in this list of unproven candidates. If our hire comes from these candidates, it will only confirm what other fans have been telling us for the last three years: We are a broke-dick athletic school. The hiring of any of these three will be most newsworthy initially, NOT because it will demonstrate our committment to winning, but rather it will show the world exaclty how far we've fallen. No disrespect intended to the candidates. This is about qualifications, not the people themselves (to of whom are great Buffs). Meh.