This has been a season of teaching and learning for the Colorado Buffaloes.
After winning just one game in 2012, the powers of be searched out a new football coach who had experience turning struggling football teams into winners.
Mike MacIntyre was hired to change the culture at Colorado.
He was hired to teach the Buffs on how to win again.
While things probably haven’t gone the way MacIntyre or any fan had hoped for, it only takes a look back to the head coach’s first year at San Jose State.
The Spartans only one ballgame that season, but MacIntyre never gave up.
He and his coaching staff stayed positive, they still believed in their players and in MacIntyre’s own words they kept swimming and kept fighting.
One obvious thing about this year’s Colorado football team is that they are still fighting and still believing.
It was apparent Sunday night, just one day after perhaps Colorado’s worst game of the year at Washington on Saturday night.
“There were tears in that locker room Saturday night,” veteran defensive coordinator Kent Baer shared. “They were disappointed, they were hurting. One thing I have seen with this group of guys is that they aren’t giving up. They came back to work tonight (Sunday).
MacIntyre agreed, noting that his players attitudes have been very positive.
“They aren’t giving up,” MacIntyre said. “They won’t be satisfied until we right the ship, and get this team where it’s headed.”
MacIntyre and his coaching staff aren’t giving up either, it’s something they have been through before and it was apparent at Sunday night’s practice, they spent time teaching, explaining what the players do wrong and correcting it during their work.
“You just have to keep loving them,” MacIntyre said. “It takes time, sometimes it takes longer than you would like. No one hates the results more than these players do or than these coaches.”
After San Jose went 1-11 during MacIntyre’s first year as a head coach, it would have been easy to question one another on the staff, for the players to lose faith in their coaches.
Year two the Spartans went 5-7 and then in year three they won 11 ballgames, the best that school has done in a very long time.
MacIntyre experienced what it took for he and his staff to keep believing, to keep teaching and to keep loving their players.
Colorado has a good opportunity to win their first Pac 12 game this Saturday when the Buffs host California. MacIntyre made it clear that both squads will enter that game looking to win.
“They are wanting to win their first conference game just like we do,” MacIntyre said. “It’s all about who believes in each other the most, I believe in these guys, we are going to get there, Saturday would be a good first step on our journey.”