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UPDATED: Colorado and head coach Mike MacIntyre may reportedly “part ways” at the end of the season. Maybe not.

Is the Pac-12 Coaching Carousel starting to spin?

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Update: Colorado and other news outlets are reporting that the rumors are untrue and Mike MacIntyre’s future has not been decided.

Original: Denver7 news is reporting that—according to two sources—the Colorado Buffaloes will “part ways” with head coach Mike MacIntyre after this season.

Multiple sources have told Denver7 that the University of Colorado will part ways with football coach Mike MacIntyre effective at the end of this season.


Late Monday night, Denver7 spoke with an associate athletic director at CU who could not confirm the news. And Denver7 was unable to reach athletic director Rick George.

At the end of the 2012 season, the California Golden Bears were looking to move on from head coach Jeff Tedford and MacIntyre was a candidate here; ultimately, we went with Sonny Dykes and MacIntyre went to Colorado. His time in Boulder was marred with off-field controversy, including criticism of how he handled allegations of domestic abuse against assistant coach Joe Tumpkin, who coached safeties and was interim defensive coordinator for the Alamo Bowl at the end of the 2015 season.

On the field, MacIntyre’s teams struggled for his first three seasons until they broke out in 2016 with a 10-win season with MacIntyre earning Coach of the Year recognition from multiple sources. After that, Colorado slogged through two five-win seasons; they started hot this year (5–0) against lesser competition, but have since gone 0–5.

Colorado will play California for our last game of the regular season.