Colorado’s breakout season ended with a resounding thud Thursday, but the Buffaloes’ head coach can at least assuage some of that anguish with some additional hardware for his trophy case.
Friday morning, officials from the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation and the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Mike MacIntyre has been named the winner of the 2016 Dodd Trophy. The award, handed out annually since 1976, is named in honor of former Georgia Tech head coach Bobby Dodd and is given to “the coach of a team which enjoys a successful football season, while also stressing the importance of academic excellence and character.”
One of the former winners of the Dodd Trophy was George MacIntyre, who won the award in 1982 as the head coach of Vanderbilt and also happens to be the father of this year’s winner. George MacIntyre passed away in January of this year at the age of 76.
“I’m honored to receive this award on behalf of the University of Colorado. Our football team and our coaching staff have done a phenomenal job this year,” MacIntyre said in a statement. “This award is very personal to me, my dad won this award and I also got to know coach Dodd when I was playing at Georgia Tech, so I am honored and blessed to kind of follow in my dad’s footsteps. It is a very special award for me personally since my dad won it.”
In 2013 MacIntyre took over a Buffaloes program that won a combined four games in 2011 and 2012, but then won just four, two and four games his first three seasons at the school.
In 2016, however, the No. 10 Buffs went 10-3, the football program’s first 10-win season since 2001, and won the Pac-12 South for the first time ever. They were also bowl-eligible for the first time since the 2007 season, although a 38-8 beating at the hands of No. 12 Oklahoma State in the Alamo Bowl put a bit of a damper on the remarkable turnaround.
In addition to the Dodd Trophy, MacIntyre has received Coach of the Year honors this month from the Pac-12, Walter Camp Foundation, Associated Press, Football Writers Association of America and ESPN among others.