CU football coach Mike MacIntyre named Walter Camp national coach of the year

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BOULDER, Colo. -- University of Colorado football coach Mike MacIntyre was named the Walter Camp national coach of the year on Thursday.

MacIntyre joins Bill McCartney in 1989 as the only Buffaloes coaches to be named the National Coach of the Year.

"It is an honor to receive the Walter Camp Coach of the Year award, but this all reflects on our assistant coaches and our players and how they've invested in our program for us to be able to be successful," MacIntyre said in a statement.

"I'm just fortunate enough to have head coach in front of my name and be along for the ride. This is special considering it is voted on by other head coaches, that truly means a lot to me coming from my peers."

MacIntyre took over the Buffaloes in 2013 after they went 1-11, and CU failed to win more than four games in each of his first three seasons.

But this season, the Buffaloes went 10-2, including 8-1 in the conference, to win the Pac-12 South Division title. It was the greatest overall improvement in conference history.

The Buffaloes will play Washington at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Friday night in the Pac-12 championship game. It will air on FOX31.

CU, which is ranked No. 9 nationally, became just the ninth Power 5 school since 1972 to win 10 or more games after finishing the previous season with four victories or fewer. The 10-win season is the first for CU since 2001.

The Walter Camp award is considered one of the most prestigious honors because the choice is selected by the 129 Football Bowl Subdivision coaches and sports information directors.

On Tuesday, MacIntyre was named Pac-12 Conference coach of the year.