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Colorado Buffaloes to hire San Jose State coach Mike MacIntyre

CU football coach Mike MacIntyre

CU football coach Mike MacIntyre

BOULDER — According to multiple reports, the University of Colorado is planning to hire San Jose State coach Mike MacIntyre, a man with a track record for turning around struggling football programs.

Sports Illustrated was the first to report the news, with the Boulder Daily Camera following suit shortly thereafter.

The University of Colorado announced shortly after 10 a.m. that they will be holding a press conference at 3:30 p.m., when many are expecting these reports will be confirmed.

Though not CU’s first choice, many have speculated that MacIntyre may be the best choice for a program in as deep a hole as the Buffaloes.

A look at MacIntyre’s resume shows why some are optimistic about his chances at CU.

When MacIntyre took over at San Jose State in 2010, the Spartans had a just two winning seasons in the previous 17 years, they were coming off a 2-10 season and they were stuck in the maligned Western Athletic Conference (WAC), which was losing teams and revenue.

Though MacIntyre stumbled out of the gate, going 1-12 in his first season, his teams have shown marked improvement each year since. The Spartans were 5-7 in 2011, and 10-2 in 2012. 

They are ranked No. 24 in the nation in both major polls and the Bowl Championship Series this season, and will play in the school’s first bowl game since 2006 on Dec. 27 when they face Bowling Green in the Military Bowl.

MacIntyre also helped the school’s athletic program jump ship from the WAC and gain entrance into the Mountain West Conference for the 2013 season.

It all means MacIntyre is set to leave the program in much better shape than he found it. Now it appears CU administrators are hoping he can do the same for their football program.

According to the Camera, it is expected MacIntyre will sign a five-year contract, but the specifics of that contract are not yet known. He made $450,000 this year at San Jose State in comparison to the man he would be replacing at CU, Jon Embree, who made $720,000.

Embree was the lowest paid coach in the Pac-12 last year.

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CU was reportedly prepared to offer former University of Cincinnati coach Butch Jones $13.5 million over five years to coach the team. Instead, Jones turned down that offer and signed with the University of Tennessee for $18.2 million over six years.

Before coming to San Jose State, the 47-year-old MacIntyre most notably spent two years as a defensive coordinator at Temple, five years coaching defensive backs in the NFL for the Dallas Cowboys and New York Jets and two seasons as a defensive coordinator for Duke.

In his final year at Duke in 2009, MacIntyre was named assistant coach of the year by the American Football Coaches Association.