MacINTYRE CALLS SIGNEE DEPARTURE “BIZARRE”
University of Colorado football coach Mike MacIntyre said Thursday that the sudden departure of a 2017 Buffaloes signee was “kind of bizarre.”
Sebastian Olver — a 6foot-5, 250-pound tight end/defensive end from Marin Catholic (Calif.) High School — left the program, the university announced Tuesday. Olver, per a Tuesday report in BuffZone.com, arrived at CU last week and practiced once before abruptly returning to his birth country in Brisbane, Australia. Olver moved to the United States and began playing football at Marin Catholic just two years ago.
“It’s really disappoint- ing,” MacIntyre said. “We worked really extremely hard with him, had to jump through a lot of hoops (in) Australia to come over here at his high school there.”
He added: “I think it’s a huge mistake on his part. But kids make choices and now he’s got to live with it. We’ll move on.”
Because Olver was on campus for less than two days, MacIntyre indicated the program will apply for a waiver to retain Olver’s scholarship. “One of these guys out here deserves that scholarship,” he said.
Dial up the hits.
For the first time this fall camp, the Buffaloes practiced in full pads: white and black jerseys with gold helmets.
“There was a lot of physical-ness,” MacIntyre said. “There was a couple (instances) of pushing and shoving, both sides kinda getting after it. That was good. … There was a lot of intensity, a lot of jawing, a lot of fun. But they were competing like crazy, so it was good.”
MacIntyre says he isn’t worried about the Buffaloes not being in the top 25 in the preseason coaches poll.
The snub falls in line with several preseason projections that say CU will find it difficult to maintain success after winning 10 games in 2016. The Pac-12 media poll listed the Buffs at No. 4 in the South Division standings. Needed motivation for CU? MacIntyre is on board if it inspires.
“I think you always need to have a chip on your shoulder in anything that you do in life,” MacIntyre said. “You always gotta think you can do a little bit more, do a little bit better. If you don’t, you get complacent, and people pass you by.” Kyle Fredrickson, The