Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Hey Colorado, It's Been 2 1/2 Weeks! Can We Get On With This Already?

On November 18th, Rick George and the University of Colorado FINALLY got around to firing Mike MacIntyre, nearly a week after it was reported by Denver7 that MacIntyre would be fired. Of course, the University denied the report, and Rick George denied the report, and then, finally, officially fired MacIntyre six days later.

One would have thought that Colorado might have been doing a little bit of the "pre-work" on this, all things considered. You know, when you consider that five times in six years MacIntyre's Buffaloes finished in last place in the Pac-12 South.

Or considering that MacIntyre became the first ever national coach of the year to follow up the award with a losing record the following year. 

Or considering that in 2017 and 2018 combined, the MacIntyre Buffs went 0-9 in games which would have made the Buffaloes bowl eligible. They made it 0-10 the week after MM was let go.

If this firing was a surprise to the folks at CU, they obviously weren't paying attention. Sort of like giving a contract extension to Mickey Mac after one good, totally anomalous, season.

Now, inching upon December 5th, minute by minute, some of us are beginning to wonder when and if the University of Colorado is going to "get around" to hiring a new coach? 

Do they not know that it's heavy duty recruiting season? The December early signing period starts in two weeks. Those kids are kind of wondering who the head coach that will be ruling their worlds for the next four or five years is going to be.

There have been rumors, of course, but the university and Rick George have denied them all. That sounds familiar, doesn't it?

Meanwhile, time is ticking, and committed recruits are fretting over the lack of a new coach. More importantly, the available time for the new coach to bring in his own recruits is getting smaller and smaller.

More importantly, however, than the time for new head coach to recruit is the new coach does not have a coaching staff. 

There's a whole bunch of guys from the old staff who are still pulling paychecks from the University of Colorado, but they know their jobs could and probably will end the minute a new coach comes aboard. 

Power Five coaches tend to bring in their own staffs, not adopt the leftover staff from the old fired coach. It's pretty certain that their whole hearts and efforts are not into convincing high school kids to come play for someone other than themselves. Can you blame them?

And to date, four of the kids who have given commitments to the University of Colorado over the last year have pulled their commitments. They are worried. The new coach may not want them. And their scholarship offers can be rescinded at any time. Nothing is written in stone until the Letters of Intent are signed, sealed and delivered.

We know and understand that the University of Colorado and Rick George want to do this right. But so far they are doing it all wrong. Maybe that $10 Million they owe to Mike MacIntyre is messing with their heads.

Meanwhile, some of us are waiting to welcome the new head coach, whoever that might be. In 2018, big time college football is a 365 day a year, 24/7 proposition. Every day is lost time. Every week is way too much lost time.

The clock is ticking. Tick Tick Tick.

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