BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Mike MacIntyre’s inaugural meeting with his new team lasted just long enough to leave his players with this thought: He’s turned around one downtrodden program and he can do the same at Colorado.
Not someday, either, but starting next season.
The 47-year-old coach revived a San Jose State football team in short order. Now, he’ll try to fix the beleaguered Buffaloes, who are coming off their worst season in the 123-year history of the program.
“We’ve got a long way to go. But I’ve been there before and I know what to do,” MacIntyre told a room full of boosters and media on Monday night after agreeing to a five-year deal worth $2 million a season. “There’s no reason Colorado shouldn’t be at the top of the conference and competing year in and year out.”
His hiring ends a two-week search by Colorado that included a rejection by its first choice, Butch Jones.
MacIntyre inherits a squad that’s coming off a 1-11 record this year that led to the firing of Jon Embree. MacIntyre’s first order of business was giving his new players a quick pep when he met with them at Folsom Field.
“I think he won a lot of guys over in his confidence, with what he did at San Jose State and what he can do now,” quarterback Connor Wood said. “He said we have a lot of talent here and can do the exact same thing. We believe it.”
And yet the past remains fresh for players such as defensive back Parker Orms, who was recruited by former CU coach Dan Hawkins, played for Embree and now will learn a new system under MacIntyre. Like Wood, he fully believes things will be different in Boulder next season, but he wants to see the progress on the field, not just talk about it. (December 11, 2012, Page 8)