Late Monday night, Denver's Channel 7 reported that CU and MacIntyre will part ways at the end of the season. Channel 7 cited anonymous sources.
However, a source from CU told Buffzone.com on Tuesday morning that the report is not true. When asked if there is any truth to the Channel 7 report, the source simply replied, "No" in a text.
MacIntyre is scheduled to hold his weekly press conference late Tuesday morning in Boulder.
Colorado athletic director Rick George released a statement on Tuesday morning regarding the rumor.
“We do not comment on speculation or unsubstantiated rumors with anonymous sources. Let me just say I have made no decisions regarding the future of the football program.
“As I've stated in the past, we continually evaluate all aspects of all of our 17 intercollegiate sport programs.”
MacIntyre was hired Dec. 10, 2012, and has a 30-43 record in six seasons with the Buffs. He has three years and roughly $9,975,000 remaining on his contract after this season.
CU (5-5, 2-5 Pac-12) is riding a five-game losing streak after a 5-0 start. The Buffs will play their home finale on Saturday at Folsom Field against Utah (7-3, 5-3) and then close the regular season on Nov. 24 at California. They need one win in their last two games to earn bowl eligibility for the second time in three seasons.
CU will honor 20 seniors on Saturday, including MacIntyre's son, Jay, a receiver who has compiled 84 catches for 1,027 yards and six touchdowns during his career.
When hired, MacIntyre took over a program that was arguably the worst in the country among Power 5 conference teams, having gone 4-21 in two seasons under Jon Embree.
During his first three seasons with the Buffs, MacIntyre went 10-27, but showed steady progress.
Finally, in 2016, the Buffs broke through, going 10-4 and winning the Pac-12 South division. They vaulted to No. 9 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll late in the season before finishing at No. 17.
MacIntyre earned several national coach of the year honors in 2016, including the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award — the same honor his father, George MacIntyre, received in 1982 while at Vanderbilt.
The 2016 season ended on a sour note, however, as CU was routed by Washington, 41-10, in the Pac-12 title game, and then by Oklahoma State, 38-8, in the Valero Alamo Bowl. Despite the disappointing finish, CU ended a nine-year bowl drought that season.
It's been a bumpy road for MacIntyre and the Buffs since then, however.
Shortly after the Pac-12 title game loss to Washington, on Dec. 9, 2016, Pamela Fine, who was at the time the girlfriend of then-assistant coach Joe Tumpkin, reported to MacIntyre that she had been violently abused for the previous two years by Tumpkin.
MacIntyre informed George of the allegations, and then George informed chancellor Phil DiStefano. Despite that, Tumpkin, who was the safeties coach, was given defensive play-calling duties for the Alamo Bowl because defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt had left the Buffs for a similar job at Oregon.
In the weeks after the Alamo Bowl, Tumpkin was suspended and then eventually fired. In the spring of 2017, however, CU commissioned an outside agency to investigate how MacIntyre, George and DiStefano handled the allegations. Ultimately, CU president Bruce Benson and CU's Board of Regents gave DiStefano a 10-day suspension and ordered George and MacIntyre each to pay $100,000 in fines to a domestic violence organization.
MacIntyre had agreed to a contract extension in January 2017, but that was put on hold because of the investigation. The Board of Regents eventually approved the deal in June 2017.
In September 2017, Fine filed a lawsuit against MacIntyre, George, DiStefano and Benson, but that lawsuit was dismissed this past July.
On the field, CU has struggled since 2016. With the cloud of the Tumpkin situation hanging over the program in 2017, the Buffs got off to a 3-0 start, but went 2-7 the rest of the way to finish 5-7 and miss out on the postseason.
This year, the Buffs got off to their first 5-0 start since 1998 and vaulted to No. 19 in the AP poll. They've gone 0-5 since, however.
CU's current losing streak included a 41-34 overtime loss to last-place Oregon State on Oct. 27. The Buffs led 31-3 in the second half before Oregon State finished the game on a 38-3 run. The 28-point collapse matched the biggest in CU history, and was the largest ever at Folsom Field.
The Buffs are also on the verge of one of the worst single-season collapses in recent college football history. Since 1997, only one Power 5 conference team (Kansas, in 2009) has started 5-0 and finished 5-7.
MacIntyre has the program in better overall shape than it was in 2012 when he was hired, both on the field and off. The Buffs have had academic success, as well as becoming much more competitive on the field and on the recruiting trail.
However, there are several ugly numbers on MacIntyre's resume, including:
• A 2-19 record against ranked opponents.
• A 14-39 record against Pac-12 foes (6-37 outside of the 2016 season).
• Four last-place finishes in the Pac-12 South in five full seasons.
• A 10-14 record over the last 24 games.
• Just 8 wins in six years against bowl eligible teams, with four of those coming against Colorado State.
• An 0-8 record in the past two seasons with bowl eligibility on the line (by far the worst mark in the country).
Parting ways with MacIntyre won't be cheap, but while CU could owe him roughly $9,975,000, the final cost of the buyout could be much less.
MacIntyre's contract states that he has "a duty to obtain new employment to mitigate" the cost of the buyout. Any money MacIntyre would make as a college head coach or NFL head or assistant coach over the next three years would reduce what CU owes him.