Pac-12 Coaches Too Quick To Praise MacIntyre
By Alex Schultz
Much has been made by some members of the media about what Pac-12 coaches are saying about new Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre.
Apparently, Mark Helfrich (Oregon), Jim Mora (UCLA), David Shaw (Stanford) and others believe MacIntyre can heal a suffering program and make the Buffs winners once again.
Or at least they say they do.
It’s “only a matter of time” before fans will see the Buffs competing with the Ducks, the Cardinal and the conference’s other upper-echelon programs, Helfrich said Friday during the Pac-12 media day in Culver City, Calif. (Sidenote: the Ducks pummeled CU, 70-14, last season).
Added Mora: “I think you will see [MacIntyre] do a tremendous job there.” (Sidenote: the Bruins whupped CU, 42-14, last season).
And what say you, Mr. Shaw? “I anticipate the same thing happening in short order at Colorado,” Shaw said, referring to how he believes MacIntyre will rebuild CU just like he rebuilt San Jose State — quickly and effectively. (Sidenote: the Cardinal blanked CU, 48-0, last season).
Two things are for certain. First, MacIntyre’s new peers are tactful. After all, they’re college football coaches. I mean, what else were they supposed to say Friday with the cameras rolling and the tape recorders running? That CU hasn’t produced a winning season in eight years and that MacIntyre will be lucky if the Buffs win 10 total games during the next three seasons? The fact of the matter is, Helfrich, Shaw and Mora said exactly what every other coach in their situation would’ve said. Many praised previous CU coach Jon Embree in the same way when he was hired in December 2010, and we all know how that turned out.
Second, MacIntyre has yet to coach in a Pac-12 game. Sure, he transformed San Jose State into a national contender in just three years, but let’s not forget that the teams that the Spartans beat during the regular season last year had a combined 56-66 record (.459 winning percentage). San Jose State feasted on teams like Texas State, Idaho and New Mexico State. Most programs usually do.
So until MacIntyre proves that he can win in a major conference on a regular basis, fans shouldn’t get too excited and people shouldn’t put much stock into what others are saying about him.
Indeed, much has been said about MacIntyre and the great job that he’ll do in Boulder, but it’s all much ado about nothing.