Mike MacIntyre has been fired, as first reported by Chris Low at ESPN and now confirmed by multiple sources. The Colorado Buffaloes coach was rumored to be out after last week’s leak, but MacIntyre’s fate was uncertain until now.
Just filed: Colorado’s Mike MacIntyre has been fired, sources tell ESPN. The Buffs (5-6) have lost six straight games after finishing 5-7 a year ago. MacIntyre led Colorado to 10 wins and a Pac-12 championship game berth in 2016 while earning national coach of the year honors.— Chris Low (@ClowESPN) November 18, 2018
MacIntyre’s departure follows an embarrassing 30-7 loss to Utah on Senior Day. It was Colorado’s sixth consecutive loss and dropped the team to 5-6 on the season and 2-6 in Pac-12 play. The lethargic performance included poor playcalling, lack of adjustments, uninspired players and an inevitable loss. This followed the same pattern as the six losses before it, all winnable games that seemed like the team quit halfway through the game.
The 2016 National Coach of the Year appeared to run out of goodwill after having similar let downs in 2017 and 2018. Both teams were talented and had high expectations, but disappointed because of inconsistent play and scattershot game-planning, among other maladies.
The Buffaloes can still reach a bowl game if they win at California on Saturday, but it will be without MacIntyre. It’s not immediately clear who will step in as interim coach, but if they can refocus the team, CU has a good shot at getting the win and achieving bowl eligibility.
The questions following this move will be about the next coaching hire, what happens to the rest of the coaching staff, and what happens to the recruiting class. We don’t know any of the answers yet, but we can say is that most of the recruits are tied to Darrin Chiaverini and ShaDon Brown, so if they stay, CU would likely retain most players. Otherwise, having a new coach in as soon as possible would steady this ship.
MacIntyre will be owed roughly $11 million, per his contract stipulations. He signed a four-year, $16.25 million contract extension in the June 2017 following a unanimous decision by CU’s Board of Regents.
MacIntyre leaves Boulder with a 30-44 record in six seasons. His teams finished last place in Pac-12 South four times and are currently in last place in 2018. The lone exception was the famous 2016 Pac-12 South winners, whose 10-4 finish remains MacIntyre’s only winning season at Colorado.
This story will be updated as new information is made clear.