Colorado football’s Mike MacIntyre named Pac-12 Coach of the Year

MacIntyre has led college football’s most pleasant surprise, the No. 9 Colorado Buffaloes, to a 10-2 record, 8-1 mark in conference play and a Pac-12 South championship.

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Several Colorado Buffaloes earned end-of-season conference awards. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Mike MacIntyre’s Colorado football team was predicted to finish last in the Pac-12 South prior to the start of the 2016 season. On Friday, the Buffaloes will play Washington for the Pac-12 crown.

MacIntyre has led college football’s most pleasant surprise, the No. 9 Colorado Buffaloes, to a 10-2 record, 8-1 mark in conference play and a Pac-12 South championship.

So it was almost a formality when MacIntrye was named the Pac-12 Conference’s Coach of the Year on Tuesday.

MacIntyre took over at Colorado following a 2012 season in which the Buffaloes went 1-11. The Buffaloes failed to win more than four games in three seasons between 2013-15.

This year, however, they broke through.

The Buffaloes also had several players earn end-of-season conference awards. Running back Phillip Lindsay and offensive lineman Jeromy Irwin were both named Second-Team All-Offense.

Linebacker Jimmie Gilbert was apart of the conference’s First-Team All-Defense unit.

And three members of the Buffaloes’ secondary — Chidobe Awuzie, Tedric Thompson and Ahkello Witherspoon — were apart of the Second-Team All-Defense.

The Buffaloes play No. 4 Washington (11-1, 8-1) in the Pac-12 Championship on Friday at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. The game kicks off at 7 p.m. MT on FOX.

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Christian Clark

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Christian Clark covers sports. He's worked for outlets that include the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, The Oklahoman, Columbia Missourian and Dave Campbell's Texas Football magazine. He likes music and Mexican food. Lots and lots of Mexican food. Got questions? Tips? You can reach him at cclark@denverite.com.