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Why is Mike MacIntyre on the cover of the AFCA's magazine?

Mike MacIntyre is on the latest issue of the AFCA's latest publication, This is AFCA. This normally wouldn't be noteworthy at all. He was named the organization's FBS Coach of the Year in January -- he also spoke at the AFCA Convention that same month -- after leading Colorado to an ascendant season in which the Buffaloes unexpectedly won the Pac-12 South championship.

However, the conversation around MacIntyre changed in February with the publication of a Sports Illustrated expose detailing a pattern of abuse by former Colorado assistant Joe Tumpkin toward his former girlfriend and MacIntyre's knowledge of that abuse.

We would later learn MacIntyre never contacted law enforcement about Tumpkin's behavior, actions Colorado had the contractual authority to fire him for should it so choose.

Colorado didn't, of course, and eventually approved the contract extension its regents put on hold when the story broke. And that brings us to now.

MacIntyre graces the cover of the July/August edition of This Is AFCA, accompanied by a headline that reads "FAMILY FIRST."


AFCA spokesman Vince Thompson told FootballScoop Monday there was no consideration to use a different cover for the current issue, and that the AFCA attempted to get him for the two previous issues of the bimonthly publication. Thompson said the cover would have been approved in April or May, after the SI story but before CU released the findings of its third-party investigation, which Thompson said was "unfortunate but we wanted to stick with our story."