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Colorado Finds Their Coach

Posted by Christian on December 10, 2012 at 10:05 PM

San Jose State head coach Mike Macintyre has been hired by the University Of Colorado and will become the football teams 25th full time head coach. His hiring ends a two-week search by Colorado that included a rejection by its first choice, Butch Jones (Tennessee's new head coach). The deal is reportedly 10 million for five years at two million a year.

He was officially introduced Monday at 4:00pm MTN, and not long after had his first meeting with his new team which lasted just long enough to leave his players with this thought: He's turned around one program and he can do the same at Colorado.

MacIntyre inherits a squad that's coming off a 1-11 record this year, the worst in the 123 year history of the school, that led to the firing of Jon Embree. "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.

The Spartans (10-2) are ranked No. 25 in the BCS and are heading to the Dec. 27 Military Bowl in Washington, D.C. to face Bowling Green (8-4), two years after a 1-12 showing in McIntyre's first season. This is the first 10-win season in a quarter century for the Spartans, who are ranked 24th in both the AP and coaches' polls.

MacIntyre, was 16-21 in three years as a head coach at San Jose State after serving as Duke's defensive coordinator and working as a secondary coach for the Dallas Cowboys and New York Jets.

The new coach faces a short and tough recruiting season and must try to keep defections to a minimum from a roster that's loaded with freshmen. Still, MacIntyre is confident things can change in a hurry.

Macintyre's next job is to find his staff, figure out who he will keep around from the "Embree Era" and who he will let go. 

Stay tuned here for updates on Coach Macintyre's staff. 

-Christian Backes NFL/NCAA Football Analyst

Categories: NCAA Football

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