Colorado lost for the first time late Saturday on the road at USC. The result was not entirely puzzling given Colorado may have been due for a loss and USC can be difficult to top in Los Angeles, but a decision to go for a two-point conversion after a late Colorado touchdown cut into the USC lead left many watching scratching their heads. After the game, Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre explained the rationale behind the two-point conversion attempt, and it was rather simple.
MacIntyre didn’t know Colorado scored a touchdown and thought it was a first-and-goal situation.
The two-point conversion attempt came following a Steven Montez 19-yard touchdown run with 3:23 to play. The touchdown cut the USC lead to 31-20. A successful two-point conversion would have made it a nine-point game whereas an extra point would have created a 10-point deficit for Colorado. You could argue Colorado still needed two scores in the final minutes anyway and a two-point try would allow for the possibility of a win. The conventional logic, however, suggests there is a better win probability if you only need a touchdown and a field goal. Not that Colorado had a great chance either way to come back and win (which of course, they did not), but the decision to go for two points was a bizarre one. And now we know why.
So, was MacIntyre given incorrect information on the field? Shouldn’t somebody on Colorado have known the team just scored a touchdown, be it an official, a staffer, or one of the players on the field? Who is to blame for this messy situation? The fault should fall on the shoulders of the head coach here. It may not have ultimately altered the outcome of the game, since Colorado did recover the onside kick after all fo this but failed to pick up a first down.
It did not take long for people to start talking about who the next head coach at Ole Miss will be following the Thursday night resignation of Hugh Freeze. And somehow, one of the betting favorites has quickly become former Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley.
As noted by Rocky Top Talk, the Tennessee blog on SB Nation, the former Vols coach and current assistant with the Dallas Cowboys is listed as the second most-favored coach to take over at Ole Miss, listed at +500 according to BetOnline. SMU head coach Chad Morris is the current betting favorite on the betting website, with Morris listed at +300 to be the next coach of the Rebels.
Other names on the board include former LSU head coach Les Miles (+800), and former Oregon head coach Chip Kelly (+1400). FAU head coach Lane Kiffin has been having fun trolling about the Ole Miss fallout on Twitter, yet he is also on the board at +1600.
For what it is worth, interim head coach Matt Luke has also been given odds to keep the job, and he is listed at +1200.
Here are the latest odds as listed by BetOnline;
- Chad Morris +300
- Derek Dooley +500
- Blake Anderson +700
- Les Miles +800
- Mike Norvell +1000
- Brent Venables +1200
- Scott Frost +1400
- Chip Kelly +1400
- Neal Brown +1600
- Lane Kiffin +1600
- Mike MacIntyre +1600
- Charlie Strong +1600
- Willie Fritz +2000
- Bryan Harsin +2000
- Bobby Petrino +2500
So place your bets wisely. But if you choose to place your money on Dooley, you might as well just send me your money instead.
After coaching Colorado to a remarkable season to clinch the Pac-12 South Division championship, Colorado is provide a little extra job security to head coach Mike MacIntyre. Colorado announced it has offered a contract extension of three years through 2021. The contract extension must be approved by the board of regents, but that is merely a formality.
“I am ecstatic that we will be at University of Colorado for the foreseeable future, there’s no place my family and I would rather be,” MacIntyre said in a released statement. “We absolutely love it here, the people have been great and I truly believe this is just the beginning.”
MacIntyre is coming off his fourth season in Boulder. After working through three losing seasons with a cumulative record of 10-27, MacIntyre coached Colorado to a 10-4 season in 2016 highlighted by a division championship. It was Colorado’s first division crown since joining the Pac-12 in 2011. At Colorado, MacIntyre is just 20-31 but appears to have something positive working at the program that has waited a long time to enjoy success on the field on a regular basis.
Before arriving at Colorado, MacIntyre coached three seasons at San Jose State, showing improvement from year-to-year and culminating in a 10-win season and a top 25 finish in the AP poll with the Spartans in 2012.
It must be coaching contract extension day in the state of Colorado, because Air Force also gave a contract extension through 2021 to head coach Troy Calhoun today.
Alabama head coach Nick Saban, Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh and Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer are among 16 remaining candidates for the George Munger Collegiate Coach of the Year Award presented by the Maxwell Football Club.
Saban is the only coach from the SEC listed as a semifinalist, and he has never won the award that was first presented in 1989 to Michigan’s Bo Schembechler. Gene Stallings is the only Alabama coach to win the award, doing so in 1992. Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen was the first SEC coach since 1998 (Tennessee’s Philip Fulmer) to win the award, in 2014.
Meyer and Mike Leach are the only semifinalists to previously win the award. Meyer won the award in 2004 at Utah and Leach took the award in 2008 with Texas Tech. Penn State’s James Franklin could become the third Penn State coach to win the award, joining Joe Paterno (1990, 2005) and Bill O’Brien (2012).
The remaining semifinalists for the award are Mike MacIntyre (Colorado), Bobby Petrino (Louisville), Neal Brown (Troy), Ken Niumatalolo (Navy), Scott Frost (UCF), Kyle Whittingham (Utah), Justin Fuente (Virginia Tech), Chris Petersen (Washington), Dana Holgorsen (West Virginia), P.J. Fleck (Western Michigan) and Paul Chryst (Wisconsin).
Finalists for the award will be announced on December 12 and a winner will be named on December 29. The winner will be presented with the award on March 10, 2017 in Atlantic City, New Jersey at the annual Maxwell Football Club Awards Banquet.
Colorado was looking forward to the addition of graduate transfer quarterback Davis Webb from Texas Tech, but the former Red Raiders quarterback has been checking out other potential options lately despite previously committing to the Buffs. While Webb pays visits to Cal and Auburn, Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre is not spending time worrying about losing Webb to another program.
“The Auburn report, I think, is erroneous,” MacIntyre said in a report from BuffZone.com, referring to reports on Monday linking Webb to a potential visit to Auburn. It is true, however, that MacIntyre visited another Pac-12 school, Cal. Despite his recent visit to Cal and reports of a future visit to Auburn, MacIntyre insists he trusts Webb will still end up at Colorado.
“He’s told me he’s coming time after time, so I just trust what he says,” MacIntyre said.
It is still entirely possible Webb will end up heading to Boulder, where he would immediately step into the quarterback competition with a good chance to start this spring. He has signed a financial aid agreement with the program, but that does not lock him out from evaluating other potential options. Other schools may continue to recruit him as well, and it is clear both Cal and Auburn have some holes to plug at quarterback. Cal is losing Jared Goff to the NFL while Auburn just has an unsettled quarterback situation even with players returning this year.