Colorado Buffaloes Coach Mike MacIntyre: I Knew This Team Would Be Good

Colorado is 5-0 and ranked 19th in the country – and Mike MacIntyre saw it coming

Reiter Than You
October 29, 2018 - 8:18 am

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This year, like last year, the Colorado Buffaloes won five games. The only difference? This year, it’s still only October.

Yes, Colorado, which went 5-7 last season, is 5-0 and ranked 19th in the country.

Head coach Mike MacIntyre knew his squad would be good. In fact, he remembers the exact moment he realized it.

“It was the 13th practice of fall camp,” MacIntyre said on Reiter Than You. “I was standing on the practice field and you’re right in the middle of it and it’s hot. The kids can’t remember the beginning (of camp) and they can’t see the upcoming game yet. That’s kind of the dog days, so to speak. And usually on those days, you’re having to get after them, you have to push them, you have to restart periods – you’re trying to do everything you can to motivate them and push them and help them to get better.”

MacIntyre didn’t have to do any of that.

“I’m sitting there watching and I’m going, ‘We’re having the very best practice we’ve had the entire camp,’” he said. “They were flying around and getting after it, they were having fun and messing with each other and they were competing and I said, ‘Wow, these guys get it.’ We didn’t have one practice the entire camp where I had to do that type of thing where I thought, ‘Hey, these guys are dragging, they’re checking out.’ 

“That’s when I realized they understood, they got it,” MacIntyre continued. “They’re a really close team. They like hanging out with each other, they like being around each other, so that’s kind of when I noticed. I didn’t know if we’d be 5-0, but I knew we were going to be good.”

Colorado has beaten Colorado State, Nebraska, New Hampshire, UCLA and Arizona State. The next two games – at USC (3-2) this Saturday and at No. 7 Washington (5-1) next Friday – won’t be easy.

But MacIntyre’s tough-love approach just might get the job done.

“My dad had tough love with me, and that’s part of it,” he said. “If there’s no discipline, if there’s not accountability and responsibility, I don’t really think there’s any love. I think that’s just letting people do what they want to. So you don’t truly love them because you know that’s going to lead them into traps and it’s going to destroy their character and they’re not going to be able to make the right decisions. They’re not going to be able to handle adversity when it hits. 

“So when I’m coaching these young men, they know that I care about them,” MacIntyre continued. “If I’m pushing you and I’m holding you accountable and I’m holding you responsible, then I truly care and love you. If I’m not doing that, I really don’t. I’m just letting you do what you want and that’s really not love because I know it’s going to eventually get you. I talk to them about that all the time just like that, and they understand it.”

Kickoff from Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is slated for 10:30 p.m. ET.