CU football players react to Mike MacIntyre’s dismissal
Despite a losing streak that has put bowl eligibility in doubt, Colorado football players weren’t expecting to play their final game without head coach Mike MacIntyre.
On Sunday, one day after a 30-7 loss to Utah that extended the Buffs’ losing streak to six, athletic director Rick George gathered the team together and told them he had made the decision to fire MacIntyre.
“We were a little bit surprised about it,” running back Travon McMillian said Monday, the first day players were made available to the media. “We didn’t expect it right after a game like that, but it is what it is. It’s the business side of what we do and we’re full-go with Rick George’s decision. We’re going to support his decision and just try to focus.”
The Buffs (5-6, 2-6 Pac-12) play at California (6-4, 3-4) on Saturday and can, with a win, earn bowl eligibility. Quarterbacks coach Kurt Roper will be the interim head coach at Cal.
While preparing to win a game, the Buffs have had to deal with the shock of not having MacIntyre there to lead them. No player has been harder by the news than MacIntyre’s son, Jay, a senior receiver. On Sunday, Jay posted a picture on social media of him scoring a touchdown against Nebraska on Sept. 8. In the background of the picture is Mike, jumping in celebration.
“As I look at this picture I see my coach, who happens to be my dad in the background running down the sidelines with his hands in the air,” Jay wrote on social media. “A coach who cared for his players deeply and changed the whole entire culture of Colorado football. Words can’t describe how awesome of a ride it’s been with you by my side at CU these past five years. We won the Pac-12 south, beat Nebraska in Lincoln and ultimately changed what people thought of the CU logo.
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