The Colorado Buffaloes enter their fourth season as part of the Pac-12 conference. Although the past three seasons have been a rough ride for Colorado, they’re still resilient. Mike Macintyre appears focused on leading Colorado back to being a successful football program. The last winning season for Colorado was nearly a decade ago in 2005-2006, when the Buffaloes were a part of the Big 12 conference. Since then, the embattled football program has endured sexual abuse accusations against players and a recruiting scandal that Colorado hasn’t fully recover from.
Macintyre knows the Buffaloes are in a rebuilding phase of his tenure but is no stranger to accepting a challenge when it comes to coaching. In the three seasons with the San Jose State Spartans, Macintyre turned a team that posted a 1-11 record in 2010, into a winning record of 11-2 in 2012. He’s plans to do the same with the Buffaloes, who have recorded only four Pac-12 conference wins since 2011-2012.
If Macintyre is given time to produce great recruiting classes, he’ll put Colorado back in the national spotlight. He’s already shown progress by fixing the inherited recruiting problems left by former coaches Jon Embree and Dan Hawkins.
Macintyre is a proven winner with not only a vast knowledge of football, but a bloodline for the sport as well. Macintyre’s father, George Macintyre was Head coach for the Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks and Vanderbilt Commodores from 1975-1985. During that time, both programs were transformed with winning records under Macintyre.
The Buffaloes are looking towards the future with sophomore quarterback Sefo Liufau returning under center after earning the starting job as a true freshman last season. He’s surrounded by a talented pool of wide receivers including Nelson Spruce, Bryce Bobo, Lee Walker, Devin Ross, Shay Fields and Arizona State Sun Devils transfer Josiah Blandin.
In February, Colorado Athletic Director Rick George set the goal of Buffaloes playing in Pac-12 Football Championship in 2016. The odds are against Colorado, but there’s faith behind what Macintyre is doing in Boulder.