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Colorado Gives MacIntyre Additional Year

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Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre earned an additional year on his contract after leading the Buffaloes to a 4-8 season in 2013. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images.
Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre earned an additional year on his contract after leading the Buffaloes to a 4-8 season in 2013. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images.

Colorado gave coach Mike MacIntyre an additional year on his contract, which is now set to expire at the end of 2018, the school announced Thursday.

The Buffs, which haven't had a winning season since 2005 and haven't made a bowl game since '07, have endured a plummeting stretch of football. Most recently, CU fired coach Jon Embree after the team went 4-21 in just two seasons, then dispatched athletic director Mike Bohn.

MacIntyre steered the team to a 4-8 mark in 2013, including a crucial win against Colorado State. But whomever coached the Buffs last season was going to see the team win more games, whether it was Embree or someone else, and MacIntyre's bigger challenge will be taking the team from a smattering of wins into bowl contention.

"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 said, according to 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."

Colorado has a proud football history that lately has been an embarrassment, and behind-the-scenes in-fighting and disagreements have to be considered a factor in the program's inability to get back on track. So if nothing else, it appears everyone at CU is, for the moment, in support of its head coach.