Vanderbilt is reportedly about to be in the market for a new head football coach once again with Penn State on the verge of hiring James Franklin.
Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre's name already has been mentioned by media covering Vanderbilt and the SEC as a possible candidate to replace Franklin. But MacIntyre told the Daily Camera on Friday he does not covet the Vanderbilt job, once held by his father, and has no plans to pursue it.
"I love right here where I am," MacIntyre said. "I do. I love the passion of this place. What we're doing administration-wise and trying to get everything going. There is a lot of people really working their rear ends off to try to make it successful.
"I'm excited about the players we have. I'm excited about the guys we're bringing in. The future, to me, is very bright here. You can always look at different things, but I think this is an opportunity to go and do something very successful in this conference and nationally. I'm excited about the future of Colorado football."
MacIntyre seems like a natural fit for the Commodores given his personal history with the school and community.
He played the first two years of his college career at Vanderbilt in 1984-85 when his father, George, was Vanderbilt's head coach. George MacIntyre earned a national coach of the year award in 1982 when he led the Commodores to an 8-4 record and a victory over Alabama.
MacIntyre left the school when his dad was fired and completed his career and degree at Georgia Tech, playing for coach Bobby Ross. MacIntyre's parents still live in Nashville in a nursing home and his brother and his family live there as well. Mike MacIntyre and his family spent the Christmas holiday there.
"It's not a job I would say I covet, no," MacIntyre said. "Of course I went to school there in my first years with my dad. It's home and there is people I know, but I wouldn't say it's job I covet."
It's unclear if Vanderbilt would have any interest in MacIntyre, who was successful turning around San Jose State in three years, taking the Spartans to a 10-win season and bowl game in 2012 before coming to CU. It might be difficult for Vanderbilt to sell MacIntyre to its fans after he won four games in Boulder, even though the Buffs demonstrated improvement over the previous year.
"It's not something I'm sitting here looking at," MacIntyre said. "I'm focused on us here. I'm not looking to go anywhere and do anything like that. We like it here. It's just a thing with my family ties and my dad, I mean, there is nothing I can do about that."
MacIntyre makes $2 million in base salary coaching the Buffs. Vanderbilt was paying Franklin $2.7 million to coach the Commodores. MacIntyre also has a buyout clause in his contract that would require him to pay CU $1.9 million if he left at any point in 2014.
CU has received approval from the Board of Regents for a $143 million project of additions and enhancements to Dal Ward, Folsom Field and a new permanent indoor practice facility. MacIntyre is excited by how those changes can help sell the program to recruits.
The school also is nearly finished with remodeling the football coaches' offices and part of that project was expanding MacIntyre's office to include a lounge area where he can meet with players, visitors and recruits.
MacIntyre hung a picture on the wall of that new space of a snow-covered buffalo walking through a storm. He says the photo fuels his desire to continue what he has started in Boulder.
"I keep putting one foot in front of the other just like that buffalo," he said.