Mac­In­tyre ready to go

Coach fa­vors ex­tended camp

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Brian How­ell

COLORADO SPRINGS» Just a cou­ple of weeks away from the start of pre­sea­son camp, Colorado foot­ball coach Mike Mac­In­tyre is champ­ing at the bit to get his team on the field.

Af­ter the pro­gram’s best sea­son in 15 years, Mac­In­tyre and the Buf­faloes (10-4, 8-1 Pac-12 South last sea­son) will re­port to camp July 28, with their first prac­tice sched­uled for July 29.

It’s just the third time in pro­gram his­tory that pre­sea­son camp be­gins be­fore Au­gust. With the NCAA elim­i­nat­ing two-a-day prac­tices, the sched­ule has been ex­tended, and that suits Mac­In­tyre just fine.

“Per­son­ally, I’ve been push­ing for this type of for­mat since I’ve been a head coach, be­cause I liked what basketball did,” Mac­In­tyre said Wed­nes­day at the an­nual Sports Corp Col­lege Foot­ball Kick­off Lun­cheon at Ho­tel Ele­gante.

Sev­eral years ago, col­lege basketball went to an ear­lier start date for pre­sea­son prac­tices, al­low­ing for more rest days in camp. Mac­In­tyre said the new sched­ule will ben­e­fit the play­ers.

“Fi­nally, for the well­ness of the ath­lete, they re­al­ized it’s a smart thing to do,” he said. “Some coaches, I don’t think like it as much be­cause it’s kind of messed up their old rou­tine, but I do like it.”

With two-a-days, the Buffs of­ten had as many as nine prac­tices in a week but will now have no more than six.

“This way, you can spread it out and you don’t wear your guys out as much and you’ll be able to get the same amount of rep­e­ti­tions,” Mac­In­tyre said.

CU opens the sea­son Sept. 1 against in-state ri­val Colorado State.

The Rams open their sea­son six days ear­lier, on Aug. 26, against Ore­gon State. With an ear­lier opener, CSU reports to camp July 23.

Mac­In­tyre was one of five in-state head coaches on hand for the an­nual lun­cheon. He was joined by CSU’s Mike Bobo, Air Force’s Troy Cal­houn, CSU-Pue­blo’s John Wris­ten and North­ern Colorado’s Earnest Collins Jr.

“Our fra­ter­nity of coach­ing is a re­ally close-knit fra­ter­nity,” Mac­In­tyre said. “I’m proud to say all th­ese guys are very, very re­spected in our busi­ness. That’s not al­ways been the case ev­ery­where I’ve ever coached. We are hon­ored and blessed in Colorado to have men of this char­ac­ter and also guys that know how to coach foot­ball and have been very, very suc­cess­ful.”

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