Colorado Buffaloes head coach Mike MacIntyre has been fired, athletic director Rick George announced on Sunday.
The Buffaloes lost the sixth straight game on Saturday, falling to Utah 30-7 in their home finale.
MacIntyre has gone 30-44 during his six seasons with the Buffaloes. An interim coach will be named to handle the season finale vs. Cal in Berkeley, Calif.
“I want to thank Mike for six seasons of hard work and dedication to the program, both on and off the field,” George said in a statement. “There’s no doubt that the 2016 season was magical, and it appeared we were headed back to taking our place among the nation’s elite. However, analyzing the direction of the program over the last two years, I felt this is the necessary time to make a change.”
MacIntyre’s team went 10-2 and won the Pac-12 South in 2016, earning him coach of the year honors in the conference and nationally. But the Buffaloes have gone just 10-15 since then and failed to qualify for a bowl game last season.
Colorado (5-6, 2-6) opened this season with five straight wins, but now needs a win next week to become bowl eligible.
MacIntyre is due $10.3 million on a deal that runs through 2020-21, though that number would be reduced should he take an NFL job or a head coaching job in college football.
George says he’ll hire a search firm to assist in finding candidates for the vacancy.
–Field Level Media