MacIntyre ready to go
Coach favors extended camp
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.”