BOULDER — Colorado linebackers coach Brian Cabral said Monday he accepted an offer "on the spot" last week from new Buffaloes coach Jon Embree to stay on.
"I told Northern Colorado that I wanted to stay in Boulder," Cabral said.
A longtime assistant coach at his alma mater, Cabral said he received a phone call from UNC last week inquiring about his availability for its head coaching position. But the decision to remain at CU was not difficult, he said.
Cabral said he would like to be a head coach, but only if it was at one of the "big six" FBS conferences. In football, UNC competes at the second level (FCS) in the Big Sky Conference.
"I accepted when Embree asked," said Cabral, who directed CU to a 2-1 record as interim head coach after Dan Hawkins was fired. "There wasn't any thought (otherwise). My first choice was always to stay. My first choice would have been to stay with both Embree and (offensive coordinator Eric) Bieniemy.
"I weighed being a coach at that (FCS) level and being a part of what's going on here. I want to be part of what's going on here. This is the level I belong at."
Bieniemy and Cabral were the only assistant coaches announced Monday. CU running backs coach Darian Hagan confirmed that he will be retained, possibly with coaching responsibilities for another position if Bieniemy decides to coach tailbacks, in addition to his coordinator duties.
Speculation on candidates to fill other slots include California offensive line coach Steve Marshall (a former CU assistant under Gary Barnett) and Greg Brown, the co-defensive coordinator at the University of Arizona who was CU's defensive backs coach for four years before departing last winter.
Embree will make staff announcements later this week.