On Tuesday, Bill McCartney, Colorado Sports Hall of Fame inductee and former coach of the University of Colorado Buffaloes football team, accused school officials of racism with the firing of head coach Jon Embree and urged the people of Colorado to "weigh in" on Embree's dismissal. Here are the details.
* In a letter read aloud on ESPN 102.3 FM on Tuesday afternoon and published by the Denver Post, McCartney --- who had recruited a young Embree to play at CU -- stated that with Embree's hiring in December 2010, "Finally, CU hired one of their own. Not only that, but with a pedigree that was exemplary."
* Embree was only the third alumnus to be hired to coach the University of Colorado football team.
* McCartney went on to state that short-circuiting Embree's five-year contract before two full years "is an indictment of true integrity" and that "it undermines the values of the university."
* McCartney's letter stated, "Men and women of Colorado, don't let this happen. Please weigh in. This is wrong." He further stated, "Please, stand up and be counted."
* McCartney later told the Denver Post that he, after winning only seven games in his first three seasons, went on to become the winningest coach in school history. He stated that he believes he was given more than two years to get the team on the right track because he is Caucasian.
* "I believe black men have less opportunity, shorter time if you will," McCartney stated. Embree was the first African-American ever to be named to the head coach position at the University of Colorado.
* According to the university, Embree was dismissed after just two seasons due to a 4-21 record, including a 1-11 season this past fall and the university's desire to be more competitive in the Pac-12 Conference.
* McCartney began coaching the CU Buffs in the early 1980s. In 1984, following a 1-10 season, he was granted a contract extension. His team went on to win the co-national championship in 1990.
* McCartney was inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame in 1999 and the Orange Bowl Hall of Fame in 1996. He was honored as UPI Coach of the Year in 1990, was a three-time Big Eight Conference Coach of the Year in 1985, 1989 and 1990, and National Coach of the Year in 1989.
* McCartney remains in the Denver area.
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