Feb 3, 2011 1:11 AM by Lee Douglas
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - The Colorado Buffaloes haven't even started playing in their new conference yet, but already first-year coach Jon Embree is racking up wins against future rivals.
Embree persuaded eight players to switch allegiances and sign letters of intent with the Buffaloes on Wednesday, including several who were set to sign with teams in the soon-to-be Pac-12. Colorado will join the conference next season.
Despite a late start on the recruiting trail, Embree secured 18 players in his first recruiting class as he takes over for Dan Hawkins, who was fired after going 19-39 during four-plus seasons in Boulder.
A former standout tight end and onetime assistant at Colorado, Embree has vowed to restore the luster to a program that has fallen on lean times.
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