Mike MacIntyre: 'It's more than Xs and Os. It's more than the weight room'
Posted by: Josh Kendall on December 11, 2012
Mike MacIntyre addressed a group of players Monday who are hurting. He has seen the look before.
MacIntyre was introduced Monday as Colorado's head coach. The Buffaloes brought him on board in hopes he can implement a turnaround like he just did at San Jose State, where he took over a moribund program and won 10 games in his third year.
"The first thing you have to do is change the culture. That's easier said than done," MacIntyre said. "It starts with the young men. You just start diving into their lives. It's more than Xs and Os. It's more than the weight room. It's a year-round process."
The Buffaloes were 1-11 this season and were beaten by more than 40 points four times.
"They want to prove themselves," MacIntyre said. "When you walk around campus, you want to be something special, and that hasn't really happened. Yes, we have a long way to go, but I have been there before, and I know what to do. When I was growing up and playing ball, Colorado was special and we can get there again."
MacIntyre displayed his trademark enthusiasm throughout his introductory press conference.
"As you get to know me, you will say one thing about Mike MacIntyre, he has passion. You might say some other things, but you're going to say I have passion," he said. "I believe my passion and my energy and my love for young people and making them successful is very important to me. We will win a lot of football games, but at the same time these young men will learn a lot of life lessons."
Josh Kendall is a staff writer for CoachingSearch.com and has covered the SEC for more than 15 years for papers such as the Athens Banner-Herald, Macon Telegraph, and The State. He’s the father of two boys who he’s hoping don’t inherit his wide receiver frame and offensive guard feet. Follow @EyeOnCoaches on twitter and send your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org