Colorado football will reportedly fire Mike MacIntyre after six seasons, per a report.
Things have gone way downhill for MacIntyre and the Buffaloes since the team made the Pac-12 Championship Game in 2016.
The team lost its final three games in 2017, to finish 5-7 and miss bowl eligibility. This year’s collapse was far worse.
The Buffs were 5-0 to start the 2018 season, including wins over rival Colorado State, Nebraska, Arizona State and UCLA. Since, the team has lost six straight.
On Saturday, the team was blown out by No. 21 Utah, 30-7.
A new report by ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg identifies a few names that could be on Colorado football’s list to replace Mike MacIntyre.
The biggest name is probably West Virginia’s Dana Holgorsen. Last night’s loss at Oklahoma State aside, the Mountaineers are having a tremendous season and could play for the Big 12 title game.
If he wants a change of scenery though, Colorado is an interesting job in a winnable division, at least as long as USC continues to sleepwalk.
Other names raised include former Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich, who coached the Ducks to a national championship appearance, Fresno State’s Jeff Tedford, Boise State’s Bryan Harsin, and Syracuse’s Dino Babers.
“I’m hearing Colorado athletic director Rick George wants a recognizable name with previous head-coaching experience. Possible candidates include Fresno State coach Jeff Tedford, Boise State coach Bryan Harsin, former Oregon coach and Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich, and West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen, who may be interested in making a move. Syracuse coach Dino Babers also could be an interesting option.”
All four college head coaches listed have had their teams ranked in the Top 25 this season, and two of the five names have Pac-12 head coaching experience.