AWARD FOR MAC
Ninth honor for football coach
Add another award to Mike MacIntyre’s trophy case.
The Colorado Buffaloes head football coach on Friday was named the winner of the 2016 Dodd Trophy, recognizing MacIntyre for his team’s success on the field, classroom and community. MacIntyre’s father, the late George MacIntyre, also won the award in 1982.
“I’m honored to receive this award on behalf of the University of Colorado,” MacIntyre said in a news release. “Our football team and our coaching staff has done a phenomenal job this year. This award is very personal to me, my dad won this award and I also got to know coach Dodd when I was playing at Georgia Tech, so I am honored and blessed to kind of follow in my dad’s footsteps. It is a very special award for me personally since my dad won it.”
The trophy has been awarded annually since 1976 to honor the head football coach whose team not only puts together a successful season on the field but also exhibits academic excellence and character. The award is named for Bobby Dodd, who coached the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets for 22 seasons. He won 165 games and a national championship.
The nominating committee consists of all the award’s previous winners, select members of the national media, a member of the Dodd family and a member of the College Football Hall of Fame.
The winner is selected by the award’s foundation board.
“We are honored to have a second MacIntyre join the prestigious list of Dodd Trophy winners,” Jim Terry, chairman of the Dodd Foundation, said in a news release. “Colorado’s unparalleled turnaround under Coach MacIntyre’s guidance was one of the more remarkable storylines of this season, but it’s his leadership and commitment to both his players and community off the field that truly embodies the spirit and legacy of Coach Dodd.”
The award will be presented at Saturday’s Peach Bowl.
It is the ninth award MacIntyre has claimed for leading Colorado’s turnaround season, which finished with a 10-4 record. The other awards he has been presented are:
• 2016 Walter Camp Coach of the Year • ESPN Home Depot Coach of the Year • SB Nation Coach of the Year • CBS Sports Coach of the Year • Associated Press Coach of the Year • FWAA/Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year • 2016 AFCA Region 5 Coach of the Year • Pac-12 Coach of the Year
MacIntyre is also a finalist for the American Football Coaches Association National Coach of the Year and the 2016 Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year awards, which will be announced in January.
The 2016 Dodd Trophy for Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre, pictured Thursday watching his Buffaloes during warm-ups prior to their game against Oklahoma State in the Alamo Bowl, is his ninth award for leading CU’s turnaround. Andy Cross, The Denver Post