Details from the five-year, $14.85 million contract for Colorado head football coach Mike MacIntyre. Yearly figures are a combination of base and supplemental salary. In addition to the yearly numbers, MacIntyre is to receive an additional $100,000 on Dec. 31, 2021 - the day the contract is set to expire. There are also several incentives written into the contract.
COLORADO SPRINGS - Colorado regents voted Thursday afternoon to approve a contract extension for head football coach Mike MacIntyre, giving him a raise of nearly $1 million per season over the next five years.
The new deal is worth $14.85 million in base and supplemental salary over the next five years (an average of $2,970,000 per year) and runs through the 2021 season. The contract replaces MacIntyre's original contract, which ran through the 2018 season and paid him $2 million per season in base and supplemental salary.
CU called Thursday's 8-0 vote "unanimous," despite Regent Linda Shoemaker not participating in the vote. During the vote that lumped together other agenda items along with MacIntrye's contract, Shoemaker, a Boulder democrat, got up and left the table. She was counted as absent, and her vote was not an abstention, despite the fact that she was a few feet away.
When asked about her departure from the voting table, Shoemaker said, "I was thirsty. No further comment."
Through CU, MacIntyre has declined an interview request by BuffZone.com, but did issue a statement through the school about Thursday's vote.
"I appreciate the confidence in me the Board of Regents demonstrated by approving this extension," MacIntyre said. "I look forward to continuing to contribute to the success of our student-athletes in the classroom and community and on the football field."
The approval of the deal comes three days after the regents announced the results of an investigation into how MacIntyre, athletic director Rick George and Chancellor Phil DiStefano handled domestic violence accusations against former assistant football coach Joe Tumpkin.
The outside investigation, conducted by the firm Cozen O'Connor, determined that DiStefano, George and MacIntyre all made mistakes in handling the accusations made by Tumpkin's ex-girlfriend.
MacIntyre learned of the allegations on Dec. 9. He subsequently informed George of the allegations, and George then reported to DiStefano.
DiStefano, George and MacIntyre all failed to report the allegations to CU's Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance, however, and failed to report the allegations to law enforcement.
In a statement on Monday, MacIntyre maintained he "never acted in bad faith" when dealing with allegations against Tumpkin. MacIntyre added in that statement that, "All of us involved have learned that we have additional reporting responsibilities, and we will follow those procedures in the future."
MacIntyre and CU were also under fire for making Tumpkin the de facto defensive coordinator for the Dec. 29 Alamo Bowl against Oklahoma State, which the Buffs lost, 38-8.
Former defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt left the Buffs in mid-December for the same position at Oregon. Despite that, MacIntyre announced on Dec. 16 — one week after learning of the allegations against Tumpkin — that Tumpkin would be given Leavitt's primary duties of coaching linebackers and calling defensive plays in the bowl game.
Tumpkin had spent the 2015 and 2016 seasons coaching CU's safeties.
The Cozan O'Connor report stated that allowing Tumpkin to call plays for the bowl game "was problematic in light of the information known to MacIntyre and George at that time."
As a result of the outside investigation, DiStefano was given a 10-day suspension without pay, while George and MacIntyre agreed to each contribute $100,000 to a fund at CU Boulder addressing domestic violence issues.
MacIntyre said he would give $50,000 to programs that "support members of the CU community who have been victims of domestic and dating violence," and $50,000 to Gateway Domestic Violence Services.
Despite Monday's announcement, Regent vice chair Glen Gallegos said he had no problem approving MacIntyre's contract on Thursday.
"From where I sit, we dealt with the issue (of the investigation)," Gallegos said. "Speaking for myself, the issue was dealt with, sanctions were done and that contract has been pending a long time. It was the right thing to do, in my opinion."
MacIntyre agreed to the contract extension in January. The regents were scheduled to vote on it in February, but tabled the vote until the conclusion of the investigation.
Regent Heidi Ganahl said that with the investigation now complete, it was appropriate to move forward with the contract.
"We've put so much time and energy into working through this whole situation and I feel really confident in our decisions," she said. "I think this needed to be done today to get some closure and move on."
On the field, MacIntyre has rebuilt the CU football program during his four seasons in Boulder.
Hired in December of 2012, he took over a struggling program that was one of the worst Power 5 conference teams in the country.
Through his first four seasons at CU, MacIntyre has gone 20-31, including a resurgent 2016 season that saw the Buffs go 10-4 (8-1 Pac-12), win the Pac-12 South division and end a nine-year bowl drought.
MacIntyre was named the Pac-12 and national coach of the year by several outlets after last season. That sparked the discussions for a contract extension.
Now, that extension is official.
"I voted for it and feel good about it," Gallegos said.