Mike MacIntyre reflects on Colorado's spring
This doesn’t bother coach Mike MacIntyre, who led a similar situation during his tenure with San Jose State. In 2009, the Spartans went 2-10, leading to his hire. Three short years later, the program finished with its first 11-win season in school history.
“Every school is a little different, but record-wise this is a similar situation as to when I took over [at San Jose State],” said MacIntyre during a phone interview. “Everyone here wants to be successful and wants to get it done from the top of the administration down to university. It’s been a daily process to get better and to improve, and in time, we’ll do it.”
Although no one on the Colorado roster has been a part of a winning season, there’s a remarkable energy amongst the city of Boulder and the football team.
It just might be the history reminding them that prominence is possible.
“This is a football town,” said MacIntyre. “There’s great history, and it’s important to [everyone]. There’s good buzz about that and the [players] want to be successful. They know the history – they walk by a national championship trophy, Heisman trophy, and multiple conference championship trophies every day. This is the 25th-winningest program and there’s tremendous history.”
Colorado hosted its annual spring game last Saturday, ending what was a promising beginning to MacIntyre’s career with the Buffaloes.
For a program that has endured much adversity through the years, it’s impressive to know that each and every player has jumped on board and is excited to see the field.
“We got better every day we went out to practice,” MacIntyre said. “Some days we got a lot better, some days we took baby steps. The effort and enthusiasm and work ethic kept improving and never dwindled. I thought that was exciting.”
*All quotes were obtained first-hand
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