Colorado football coach Mike MacIntyre’s $16.25 million contract extension approved days after punishment

Three days earlier, MacIntyre was ordered to pay $100,000 to a fund that addresses domestic violence issues.

A lawsuit claims Colorado football coach Mike MacIntyre, above, did nothing when a woman communicated to him that one of his former assistants, Joe Tumpkin, was physically abusing her. (Soobum Im/USA Today Sports)
A lawsuit claims Colorado football coach Mike MacIntyre, above, did nothing when a woman communicated to him that one of his former assistants, Joe Tumpkin, was physically abusing her. (Soobum Im/USA Today Sports)
Mike MacIntyre’s contract extension was approved Thursday. (Soobum Im/USA Today Sports)

Three days after the University of Colorado ordered head football coach Mike MacIntyre to pay $100,000 to a fund that addresses domestic violence issues, the Colorado Board of Regents approved a $16.25 million contract extension that will keep MacIntyre under contract through 2021.

CU announced the news on its official athletics site Thursday.

“The contract has the same terms as presented to the board in February, with the exception of added language regarding training and reporting responsibilities,” the release read. “The vote, which came as part of the board’s consent agenda, was unanimous.”

MacIntyre was punished earlier this week for mishandling domestic violence allegations made against former assistant coach Joe Tumpkin. In December, MacIntyre spoke to a woman over the phone who said that over the course of her three-year relationship with Tumpkin, he had repeatedly physically abused her, according to a Sports Illustrated story.

MacIntyre reportedly spoke to the woman for 34 minutes over the phone on Dec. 9. However, MacIntyre never reported what he’d learned to law enforcement officials and allowed Tumpkin to continue coaching.

Tumpkin was even given a promotion after MacIntyre learned of the allegations against him. Tumpkin was allowed to call the Buffaloes’ defensive plays in their Dec. 29 Alamo Bowl game against Oklahoma State.

Tumpkin was eventually suspended Jan. 6 after the school learned the woman was granted a temporary restraining order against Tumpkin. Tumpkin was asked to resign later that month, and he did.

CU also punished Chancellor Phil DiStefano and Athletic Director Rick George for playing parts in mishandling the allegations against Tumpkin. DiStefano received a 10-day suspension, while George was ordered to pay $100,000 to a fund that addresses domestic violence issues.

The Buffaloes are coming off a 10-4 season. It was the first time they’d won double-digit games since 2001.

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Christian Clark

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