MacIn­tyre named AP coach of year

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Nick Kos­mider

The list of ac­co­lades keeps grow­ing for Colorado foot­ball coach Mike MacIn­tyre.

Af­ter lead­ing the Buf­faloes to a 10-3 record, a Pac-12 South Di­vi­sion ti­tle and the largest turn­around in the his­tory of the league, MacIn­tyre has been named The As­so­ci­ated Press coach of the year.

The AP honor is the lat­est of a string of na­tional coach of the year awards won by MacIn­tyre, who guided the Buffs to their first bowl ap­pear­ance since 2007.

CU, ranked No. 11 in the AP poll, will face No. 13 Ok­la­homa State (9-3) in the Alamo Bowl in San An­to­nio on Dec. 29.

In MacIn­tyre’s first three sea­sons at CU, the Buffs were only 2-25 in the Pac12, and they had won just five of 45 games since join­ing the league in 2011. This sea­son, CU went 8-1 in the Pac-12 to earn a berth in the con­fer­ence ti­tle game, where they fell 41-10 to No. 4 Wash­ing­ton.

Along the way, the Buffs briefly en­tered the Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off dis­cus­sion, pro­duced the first sell­out at Fol­som Field since 2008 and pro­duced a 2017 re­cruit­ing class that ranks among the top 25 in the coun­try.

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