According to Pete Thamel of Sports Illustrated the Colorado Buffaloes are hours away from hiring San Jose State Spartans head coach Mike MacIntyre. If the report holds true than the Buffaloes might save a little face in what has been a disastrous coaching search after the firing of Jon Embree.
Already caught with their pants down after the now Tennessee Volunteers head coach Butch Jones was set to take over in Boulder, CU had better hope that this leak is true. Just this last week the Denver Post reported that Jones was all going to become the next Buffs head coach. That was until Jones, and the University of Cincinnati denied any report that the coach had left.
In effect, Jones was a man with options and when the Vols gig opened up, he wasted no time heading over to Rocky Top. The Buffaloes looked bad for showing their hand to a coach who in effect, used them to set his own market price and put the pressure on Tennessee to pony up the dough quickly.
Quality coaches were being snapped up left and right and CU was quickly getting left behind in their search. For several reasons the Colorado job just looked riskier than a hike in the Iranian mountains. Questionable support from the administration, needed upgrades with facilities, and a track record for ending coaching careers. The sarcastic “where do I sign?” is applicable.
A MacIntyre hire would mean the Buffs were able to salvage what is left of their pride and nab a hot name on the open coaching market. Colorado needs a coach that has experience. If MacIntyre makes his way to Boulder, the three year head coach of the Spartans would qualify in that category.
More importantly, MacIntyre has experience in building a program from the ashes into a bowl team. In MacIntyre’s first year at San Jose State, the Spartans finished 1-12. Sound familiar? That record is even worse than the 1-11 that just got Embree fired.
In year two, MacIntyre led the Spartans to five wins, and just this season, San Jose State finished 10-2 with an upcoming match in the Military Bowl opposite the Bowling Green Falcons. The Buffs clearly will not get their first choice, but if somehow AD Mike Bohn has convinced MacIntyre that winning games in Boulder is possible, maybe CU fans have reason to celebrate.
A smart coach with a record of success WANTS to be the Buffs coach? Christmas has come early in Colorado.