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Colorado fires Mike MacIntyre

Colorado has fired Mike MacIntyre, the program announced Sunday. The move was first reported ESPN's Chris Low.

“I want to thank Mike for six seasons of hard work and dedication to the program, both on and off the field,” Colorado AD Rick George said. “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 will not coach Colorado in its final regular season game at Cal on Saturday. The Buffs will make a bowl game with a win. An interim head coach remains TBD at this time. The school owes MacIntyre a $10.3 million buyout, which will be offset by future employment.

The move comes a day after Colorado lost to No. 19 Utah, 30-7. It was the second straight game the Buffaloes mustered a single touchdown in a loss to a ranked team -- CU fell 31-7 to No. 8 Washington State on Nov. 10 -- and Colorado's sixth straight loss overall.

After winning multiple Coach of the Year honors in 2016, MacIntyre's Colorado went 5-7 in 2017 and sits at 5-6 after a 5-0 start to this season.

Outside of CU's 10-4 (8-1 Pac-12) 2016 campaign, Colorado was just 20-40 (6-38 Pac-12) under MacIntyre.

MacIntyre was hired after leading San Jose State to a 10-2 season in 2012 despite going 6-19 in his two seasons prior to that.

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