BOULDER, Colo. – Mike MacIntyre’s inaugural meeting with his new team lasted just long enough to leave his players with this thought: He’s turned around one downtrodden program and he can do the same at Colorado.
Not someday, either, but starting next season.
The 47-year-old coach revived a San Jose State football team in short order. Now, he’ll try to fix the beleaguered Buffaloes, who are coming off their worst season in the 123-year history of the program.
“We’ve got a long way to go. But I’ve been there before and I know what to do,” MacIntyre told a room full of boosters and media Monday night after agreeing to a five-year deal worth $2 million a season. “There’s no reason Colorado shouldn’t be at the top of the conference and competing year in and year out.”
His hiring ends a two-week search by Colorado that included a rejection by its first choice, Butch Jones.
MacIntyre inherits a squad that’s coming off a 1-11 record this year that led to the firing of Jon Embree. MacIntyre’s first order of business was giving his new players a quick pep talk when he met with them at Folsom Field.
“I think he won a lot of guys over in his confidence, with what he did at San Jose State and what he can do now,” quarterback Connor Wood said. “He said we have a lot of talent here and can do the exact same thing. We believe it.”
Lattimore will go pro: At Columbia, S.C. , injured South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore will enter the NFL draft, said people familiar with the decision.
One person said Monday that Lattimore is expected to announce his decision later this week. The people spoke with The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because there has not been an official statements regarding Lattimore’s decision.
The running back suffered a horrific injury to his right knee against Tennessee on Oct. 27. Doctors say Lattimore had successful surgery to repair several ligaments on Nov. 2. It is unclear when he’ll be able to return to the field.
Lattimore injured his left knee in 2011 as a sophomore. He rushed for 662 yards and 11 touchdowns this season, both team highs. He is South Carolina’s career leader in both overall touchdowns with 41 and rushing scores with 38.
Lattimore did not immediately answer a text message or phone call from The AP. ESPN first reported Lattimore’s intention to declare for the draft.