Mike MacIntyre Named Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week

ATLANTA (November 29, 2016) – Officials from the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl today announced that Colorado Head Football Coach Mike MacIntyre has been selected as The Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week.

The Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week Award honors the football coach whose program embodies the award’s three pillars of scholarship, leadership and integrity, while also having success on the playing field during the previous week.

“What an incredible turnaround for Coach MacIntyre and his Buffaloes,” said Jim Terry, chairman of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation. “Clinching the Pac-12 South after Saturday’s win capped off one of the more remarkable storylines of this season and we cannot wait to see what lies ahead for Coach MacIntyre and Colorado.”

No. 9 Colorado hosted No. 22 Utah with a chance to clinch the Pac-12 South division title. A win would put the Buffaloes in the Pac-12 Championship Game, solidifying their best finish since joining the Pac-12 in 2011. After taking a seven point lead into the fourth quarter, Colorado scored a decisive defensive touchdown to put the game out of reach, winning 27-22. The victory was Colorado’s sixth in a row and second consecutive over a ranked opponent. Coach MacIntyre’s Buffaloes improved to 10-2 on the season and 8-1 in the conference, earning themselves a showdown with No. 5 Washington this weekend in Santa Clara.

Saturday’s win is yet another impressive accomplishment for Coach MacIntyre who has orchestrated one of the most remarkable turnarounds in college football history. In the past three years, the Buffaloes went a combined 2-25 in conference play, finishing last in the Pac-12 South each of those seasons. Coach MacIntyre’s fourth season as head coach has seen different results, as Colorado clinched its first winning season since 2005 and its 10 wins are the most since 2001.

The Colorado team has seen success in the classroom as well under Coach MacIntyre’s leadership, boasting a notable Academic Progress Rate score of 968 last year. Coach MacIntyre has crafted an approach to coaching college football that incorporates “The Four F’s” – Foundation, Family, Future and Football. He believes that if Colorado’s student-athletes focus on the Four F’s, it will lead to success. He takes after his father, the late George MacIntyre, who was a long-time college football coach and won the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award in 1982.

“The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl is proud to honor Coach MacIntyre after such an incredible regular season and for earning a berth in the Pac-12 Championship Game,” said Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Chairman Percy Vaughn. “Coach MacIntyre is certainly deserving of this accolade and we wish him and his team continued success this season.”

The Dodd Trophy presented by the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl – along with the Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week Award – celebrates the head coach of a FBS team who enjoys success on the gridiron, while also stressing the importance of scholarship, leadership and integrity.

2016 Dodd Coach of the Week Winners
Week Coach School
1 Paul Chryst Wisconsin
2 Bret Bielema Arkansas
3 Urban Meyer Ohio State
4 Gus Malzahn Auburn
5 Larry Fedora North Carolina
6 Ken Niumatalolo Navy
7 Nick Saban Alabama
8 James Franklin Penn State
9 Charlie Strong Texas
10 Dan Mullen Mississippi State
11 Pat Narduzzi Pittsburgh
12 Tom Herman Houston

The winner of the 2016 Dodd Trophy will be announced in Atlanta during Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Week. A panel consisting of all previous winners, national media, a member of the Dodd family and a College Football Hall of Fame member will identify the final list of potential recipients at the conclusion of the 2016 season.

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About The Dodd Trophy
The Dodd Trophy was established in 1976 to honor the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division 1A) head football coach whose program represents the highest ideals on and off the field. The award honors the coach of a team which enjoys a successful football season, while also stressing the importance of academic excellence and character, as did Coach Dodd’s teams during his 22 years as head football coach of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Coach Dodd remains one of college football’s legendary figures, both as a coach and a player. Coach Dodd was a native of Galax, Virginia, and played his college ball at the University of Tennessee where his team had 27 wins, one loss and two ties during the three years he played. Coach Dodd was selected to the National College Football Hall of Fame both as a coach and as a player. Additional information about the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation can be found at www.TheDoddTrophy.com. For news, updates and insider information, follow us on Twitter at @DoddTrophy or find us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/DoddTrophy.

About the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl the ninth-oldest bowl game in the country and one of New Year’s Six Bowls selected to host the College Football Playoff. In 2014 and 2015, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl hosted top nationally ranked teams as assigned by the College Football Playoff Selection Committee. In 2016, the Bowl will host its first College Football Playoff Semifinal (#1 vs. #4 or #2 vs. #3). The Bowl has earned a reputation as one of the most competitive bowls in the country, with 54 percent (26 of 48) of its games being decided by a touchdown or less. Peach Bowl, Inc. has disbursed $150 million in team payouts during its 48-year history and has increased team payout every year since 1996. The Bowl also leads all other bowl game organizations in charitable and scholarship contributions, giving more than $19.8 million to organizations in need since 2002. More information about the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and its events is available at www.Chick-fil-APeachBowl.com. For news, updates and insider information, follow us on Twitter at @CFAPeachBowl or find us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/ChickfilAPeachBowl.