Embree said six of his coaches offered to resign in order for him to keep his job.
He said he was disappointed because had been given assurances when he was hired that he'd be given the time needed to turn around a downtrodden program. He said that support changed suddenly Saturday night in a phone call with Bohn.
"All I was told (Sunday) was the trajectory of the program wasn't what they wanted. And my response was, 'Well, what was the trajectory of the program before I was hired?'" Embree said.
Defensive end Will Pericak said the players are angry over Embree's dismissal.
"Not a fair chance at all," Pericak said. "Embree needed another year, absolutely."
Most players filed out after Embree left, but kicker Will Oliver stuck around and didn't like what he heard when Bohn spoke about the importance of a third year in turning things around, a chance he didn't afford Embree.
"It seemed like a lot of political jabber," Oliver said. "I don't know what I just listened to for 30 minutes, to be completely honest. He might figure this out. I guess we'll find out soon."
Embree had just eight seniors on this year's team, and in addition to a staff makeover, he was planning to switch to a spread offense and tweak his defense next year.
"We went up against some really good teams that we weren't quite able to match up with," Embree said. "And some of it was just physical differences. We were young. Some of it, we had injuries. But at the end of the day, there was never any quit. They fought to the last play. They did a good job of not looking at the scoreboard."
The administration, though, sure did.
AP freelancer Monica Costello contributed.
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