Denver • A person with knowledge of the negotiations says San Jose State football coach Mike MacIntyre has accepted the head coaching job at the University of Colorado.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity Monday because the school hadn’t announced the hiring, which ends a two-week search by Colorado that included a rejection by its first choice, Butch Jones.
MacIntyre will be asked to turn around a program that’s had seven straight losing seasons, including a 1-11 record this year that was the worst in the 123-year history of the program.
He’s done it before: The Spartans (10-2) are ranked No. 25 in the BCS and are heading to the Dec. 27 Military Bowl in Washington, D.C., two years after a 1-12 showing in his first season.
McIntyre, the son of former Vanderbilt coach George MacIntyre, is 16-21 in his 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 47-year-old MacIntyre took over a Spartans program still reeling from limited scholarships following academic penalties by the NCAA stemming from problems before previous coach Dick Tomey arrived. After the 1-12 season featuring a heavy schedule of ranked teams, the Spartans went 5-7 in MacIntyre’s second season.
Some Cal fans wanted Cal to hire Mac as head coach and were disappointed when they hired Dykes. Cal actually plays Colorado in 2013. I believe it is going to be an away game (insomuch as Colorado and Arizona are tied together and the emails promoting 2013 season tickets included Arizona as a home game).
How do you feel MacIntyre will do at Colorado? Was this a mistake on their part? Is Cal going to regret not hiring Mac? Will Dykes get revenge for Mac's SJSU beating his LaTech this past year? SO MANY QUESTIONS! Go Bears