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Colorado approves Mike MacIntyre's contract extension

Colorado regents unanimously approved head coach Mike MacIntyre's previously-announced contract extension on Thursday.

The new contract was originally announced in January, but approval by the board of regents was held back following a Sports Illustrated story that detailed abuse of a long-time girlfriend of then-safeties coach Joe Tumpkin and MacIntyre's response therein. The school hired a third-party to investigation the situation and found MacIntyre withheld critical information that violated the wording of his contract -- allowing the board to fire him with cause, if it so chose.

The board didn't fire MacIntyre, obviously, and instead approved the extension that will pay him $16.25 million through the 2021 season. His 2017 salary will be $3.1 million. MacIntyre made just over $2 million before bonuses in 2016.

"I am ecstatic that we will be at University of Colorado for the foreseeable future, there's no place my family and I would rather be," MacIntyre said in a statement. "We absolutely love it here, the people have been great and I truly believe this is just the beginning."

"I am blessed to be entrusted with such an incredible group of young men and a staff who have fought to lay a foundation for this football program," MacIntyre added. "The support from the administration has been tremendous, as has the enthusiasm from the fans. Together we have come together to accomplish something special. The future is bright for Colorado football."

After a 10-27 start to his tenure, MacIntyre led the Buffaloes to an enormously successful fourth season, obtaining a 10-4 record (8-1 Pac-12), a top-10 ranking and a Pac-12 South championship.