Ninth honor for foot­ball coach

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By The Den­ver Post

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

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