CU needs MacIntyre's passion, enthusiasm

Mike MacIntyre's first news conference as Colorado's coach wasn't filled with details and information -- few introductory pressers are -- but it did present a man who is clearly thrilled to be in Boulder. His enthusiasm probably matters more than it would at most places because things have been pretty dreary for the Buffaloes for some time now.

"I think as you get to know me, you'll say one thing about Mike MacIntyre," he said. "He has passion."

That passion was one of the big reasons he got hired to be San Jose State's head coach three years ago. The reason he's in Boulder now is his plan to transform the Spartans from a college football afterthought into a ranked team worked.

Said Colorado athletic director Mike Bohn, "There is no question that we have hired a football coach that all Buffs can stand shoulder-to-shoulder with."

MacIntyre, 47, whose San Jose State team finished 10-2 and is preparing to face Bowling Green in the Military Bowl on Dec. 27 in Washington, D.C., acknowledged that Colorado has a ways to go to become competitive in the Pac-12. Colorado hasn't posted a winning record since 2005. It has won three or fewer games four times since 2006. And the program has been doing a bit of morose navel gazing since it controversially fired Jon Embree, a former Buff player, after just two seasons and then was publicly spurned by its first choice, former Cincinnati coach Butch Jones, who's now at Tennessee.

MacIntyre's enthusiasm might part some of those dark clouds.

"Yes, we've got a long way to go," he said. "But I've been there before and I know what to do."

Some hits from the news conference.

  • MacIntyre said he's going to run a pistol offense and a 4-3 defense that spends a lot of time in a 4-2-5 set against spread teams. He said the offense wants to incorporate a downhill running game that facilities an effective play-action package, and he compared his defensive scheme to TCU's.

  • He said he's going to bring a number of his coaches from San Jose State, but he will also interview the Buffs' current staff left behind after Embree's firing. He left open the option of retaining coaches who were with the program this year. He also strongly implied he's got some guys in mind who aren't on either staff.

  • He met with the current team for the first time on Monday. "I could tell they are hurting," he said. "And they should be."

  • He signed a five-year deal to coach the Buffaloes. He will make $2 million a season, which is more in line with Pac-12 coaches. Embree was the Pac-12's lowest paid coach at about $750,000.

  • MacIntyre also said that certain guarantees were made about facilities upgrades, though he provided no specifics. "Everything is in [his contract]," he said. "There has been a commitment made to do that and it will happen."

  • He said his recruiting focus will be in Colorado and California. He was less enthusiastic about Texas.