With Jon Embree being informed that he will not return as head coach at Colorado in 2013, the Buffaloes have started the search for his replacement.

So who could be in the mix to land in Boulder?

Let's take a look at some possible candidates for athletic director Mike Bohn...

Jeff TedfordUS PRESSWIREJeff Tedford could be in line to replace Jon Embree at Colorado.

Jeff Tedford, former Cal head coach: While Tedford's tenure in Berkeley soured because of poor graduation rates, average recruiting and a rough 2012 campaign in a renovated stadium, he did have great success overall as the head coach of the Golden Bears. And he could thrive at a school such as Colorado. He already knows the Pac-12 inside and out, and he has shown that he could lead a program on a successfull run. Keep in mind that Cal was 1-10 the year before he took the job. Bohn has a lot of respect for Tedford, so he could be at the top of the list.

Mike MacIntyre, San Jose State head coach: MacIntyre has done one of the best jobs in the FBS during his tenure with the Spartans. This is a San Jose State program that resembled an FCS team upon his arrival because of academic woes, but the 47-year-old MacIntyre was able to do a strong job recruiting the West Coast and making SJSU a bowl team this fall. He deserves a bigger gig after compiling a wide array of experience in college and the NFL, so he should be near the top of Bohn's list.

Troy Calhoun, Air Force head coach: Similar to Chris Petersen's affection for Boise State, Troy Calhoun loves Air Force. But would he be willing to make a jump to a bigger job after being one of the hottest candidates the last few offseasons? The Buffaloes wanted Calhoun before they hired Embree. He might be intrigued this time around. Calhoun has taken the Falcons to the postseason six straight years and they are 47-30 in his tenure with zero losing seasons. It would be fun to see the triple-option offense in the Pac-12.

Sonny Dykes, Louisiana Tech head coach: Dykes could have his pick of bigger gigs after leading the Bulldogs to a standout season, which has included wins over Illinois and Virginia this fall as well as a thrilling loss to Texas A&M. His high-powered spread offense is among the nation's best and would instantly bring excitement back into Boulder.

Also keep an eye on: Fresno State head coach Tim DeRuyter, Stanford associate head coach/defensive coordinator Derek Mason, Washington defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox and Colorado of Mines head coach Bob Stitt. However, Bohn may not want to roll the dice on Mason or Wilcox because of a lack of head-coaching experience, and Stitt may not be enough of a household name.

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