Following the first year of what borders on a monumental rebuilding effort, Colorado has rewarded Mike MacIntyre with what could technically be considered some additional job security, such as it is in the win-now-or-else game of college football.
The school’s Board of Regents on Thursday voted in favor of an amended contract for the Buffaloes head football coach. MacIntyre’s original contract was scheduled to run through the end of December in 2017; his amended contract will expire Dec. 31 of 2018.
“We’ve been very impressed with Coach MacIntyre’s values, his personality, his character, and it’s been very impressive to me how the team has responded to the coach and his culture, the culture he wishes to establish,” regent Jim Geddes told the Boulder Daily Camera. “He has mechanisms that clearly are being successful already. I think this was more a vote of confidence in the coach.”
In his first year with the Buffaloes, MacIntyre guided the woebegone program to a 4-8 mark. While that’s far from the standard set by the Buffs in the late eighties and on into nineties — five seasons of at least 10 wins in an eight-year span under Bill McCartney and Rick Neuheisel — it does match the win total from the two years prior to MacIntyre’s arrival.
The Buffs have not finished above .500 since going 7-6 in 2005 during Gary Barnett‘s final season in Boulder. The program has played in the postseason since 2007, with an Independence Bowl loss putting the finishing touches on a 6-7 season that year.