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Vikings lose running backs coach to Colorado
Posted by Mike Florio on December 4, 2010, 3:07 PM EST

Vikings running backs coach Eric Bieniemy, who once as a star running back for the Colorado Buffaloes, will return to Boulder in the hopes of restoring the program to its past glory, however brief it may have been.

Bieniemy will serve as offensive coordinator at Colorado, according to Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Bieniemy interviewed for the head-coaching position with the Buffaloes, but the job has gone to former Redskins tight ends coach Jon Embree.

Bieniemy played at Colorado for coach Bill McCartney, who at age 70 had made a pitch to return. McCartney, who is white, has claimed that Embree was hired because he is African-American.

“It was never about me doing it again,” McCartney told the Denver Post. “It was about setting the table for a black man to come in. And [Athletic Director Mike Bohn] hired one. Now, give him a chance.” (Embree surely appreciates that ringing endorsement.)
At the very best, it’s a lateral move for Bieniemy, who ultimately would have been at the mercy of the new Vikings head coach. With a lockout on the horizon and recent reductions in pension benefits for assistant coaches at the NFL level, college jobs are looking for attractive.

In Minnesota, Bieniemy also serves as assistant head coach/offense, and he has a key role in the handling of blitzes. He’ll finish the season with the Vikings before leaving for Colorado.
 

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I like Embree. But I think bienemy would have been a FAR better long term head coach. Sure, he may be a year or two away.... But if they are questioning Embrey in two years, and seeing Bienemy wooed by another job whether it be pro or college, I'm gonna really really be sad.

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Gotta agree, I would have preferred to see Bieniemy as head coach, but I would rather have him there in any capacity, as opposed to not having him at all.
 

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Walking Eagle said:
Gotta agree, I would have preferred to see Bieniemy as head coach, but I would rather have him there in any capacity, as opposed to not having him at all.
Now can Bieniemy go get the runningback from Mullen?...please?
 

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I just may have to re-instate my purchase of season tickets! :)
 
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