For CU Buffs coach Mike MacIntyre, injuries excuse No. 1

For CU Buffs coach Mike MacIntyre, injuries excuse No. 1

  12 Nov 2018

Following a 27-13 loss at Washington on Oct. 20, Colorado head football coach Mike MacIntyre brushed aside the notion that injuries had anything to do with the defeat.

Cliff Grassmick, Daily Camera

Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre and the Buffs played without receivers KD Nixon (hip) and Jay MacIntyre (concussion) on Saturday.

Star receiver Laviska Shenault, cornerback Delrick Abrams Jr., kicker James Stefanou and others were out of the lineup that day in Seattle.

“We have good football players out there,” MacIntyre said after that defeat. “We’re not going to any make excuses about who is there or not there; we have to find a way to win.”

The Buffaloes (5-5, 2-5 Pac-12) haven’t found a way to win since then, and with a once-promising season unraveling in a hurry, MacIntyre’s gone from injuries being no excuse to making them the No. 1 excuse. After Saturday’s 31-7 loss to Washington State — the fifth defeat in a row for MacIntyre’s team — he was asked if he’s ever had a season go downhill like this one.

MacIntyre cut off the question to say, “I’ve never had a season where going into the 10th game of the year we had nine starters out that started the first game; nine. And four other significant players out. Basically, a third of your guys that you play, that you count on to win games, aren’t out there.”

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