BOULDER – The University of Colorado has announced that Mike MacIntyre has been dismissed as head coach of the football team.
Athletic Director Rick George made the announcement Sunday morning.
According to the university, George met with MacIntyre Sunday morning to inform him of his decision, a day after the Buffaloes suffered their sixth straight loss, losing 30-7 to the Utah Utes in the final home game for the season at Folsom Field.
The University said George will name an interim head coach for the final game of the regular season, Saturday against California. With a win is that game, the Buffs would become bowl eligible.
MacIntyre took the helm as the school’s 25th full-time head coach in 2012. Under his reign, the Buffs racked up a 30-44 record in six seasons, going 14-39 in Pac-12 Conference games.
“I want to thank Mike for six seasons of hard work and dedication to the program, both on and off the field,” George said. “There’s no doubt that the 2016 season was magical, and it appeared we were headed back to taking our place among the nation’s elite. However, analyzing the direction of the program over the last two years, I felt this is the necessary time to make a change.”
According to the school, MacIntyre has $10.3 million remaining on his contract, which runs through Dec. 31, 2021. If he gains new employment in the NFL or as a collegiate head coach, the university’s contract obligations will be reduced by his new salary amount. The school said the athletic department will make monthly payments over the next three years, but none of the funds will come from tuition money, taxpayer dollars, or the campus general fund.