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Updated: December 2nd, 2010 3:56pm
Report: Eric Bieniemy to become offensive coordinator at Colorado

Report: Eric Bieniemy to become offensive coordinator at Colorado

by Tom Pelissero
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Little more than four months after turning down one chance to return to the college ranks, Minnesota Vikings running backs coach Eric Bieniemy reportedly is about to accept another.

The Denver Post reported on Thursday afternoon that Washington Redskins tight ends coach Jon Embree has accepted the head-coaching position at the University of Colorado, with Bieniemy expected to join him as offensive coordinator.

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan told reporters Embree would be released from his contract immediately to begin recruiting. It wasn't clear whether the Vikings would do the same.

Bieniemy, who interviewed last weekend for the head job offered to Embree, turned down the offensive coordinator position last summer at the University of Southern California -- instead accepting a promotion to assistant head coach/offense with the Vikings.

However, last week's firing of coach Brad Childress has the status of all the Vikings' assistants in limbo, making the chance for Bieniemy to return to his alma mater all the more alluring.

Bieniemy starred at Colorado from 1987 to '90, then played parts of nine NFL seasons before beginning his coaching career. He was the Buffaloes' running backs coach in 2001 and '02, then held the same position at UCLA for three years before becoming a part of Childress' first Vikings staff in 2006.

Embree, another Colorado alum, coached alongside Bieniemy at both college stops.

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