12/02/2010 01:41 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Jon Embree Offered CU Coaching Job: Report [UPDATE]

UPDATE: The Denver Post's Chris Dempsey tweets that CU Athletic Director Mike Bohn has released a statement denying reports that Jon Embree has been offered the head-coaching job. The university has 'not yet offered the job to any candidate,' Bohn reportedly said in the statement.

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The University of Colorado has offered former player Jon Embree the job of head football coach, the Denver Post reported Thursday morning.

Former CU coach Bill McCartney, who had also been considered a candidate for the current opening, told the Post that the University had offered Embree the job. Neither CU nor Embree has confirmed.

In a tweet, CBS4 Denver reported that the CU Athletic Department is denying that it has made any offer:

Dave Plati, CU's director of sports information, tells us that CU has not made any offer for the position of head football coach

On Wednesday night, the Boulder Daily Camera reported that the search had been narrowed to three candidates: Embree, Minnesota Vikings assistant Eric Bienemy, and Alabama offensive coordinator Jim McElwain.

Air Force coach Troy Calhoun was also considered a strong candidate before being ruled out.

Embree, currently an assistant coach (tight ends) with the NFL's Washington Redskins, spent ten seasons on the CU sidelines as an assistant from 1993-2002. Embree also played at CU, finishing his career (1983-86) in the school's top five in career receptions (80) and receiving yards (1,116) for a tight end.

CU fired coach Dan Hawkins in November after a disastrous loss to Kansas punctuated the team's second-straight disappointing season.

Former assistant Brian Cabral has been coaching the team since Hawkins' firing.