Football: CU Buffs' Mike MacIntyre will hold open practices
12/10/2012 08:17:51 PM MST
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Last spring and fall, former Colorado head football coach Jon Embree and his staff operated behind closed doors as they installed a no-huddle offense and prepared for the 2012 season.
Embree's predecessor, Dan Hawkins, closed practices, as well, toward the end of his tenure.
New CU coach Mike MacIntyre plans to be more open to the media and public. MacIntyre ran open practices at San Jose State and said he will aim to do the same at CU.
"Yes, that's what I plan on doing," he said. "We'll see how all that works out. I like to be able to do that. There might be certain times I shut down certain parts of practice every once in a while, but I've always liked to have people to have access to watch our practices."
That should be welcomed news to CU fans, who can start getting a glimpse of MacIntyre's offensive and defensive schemes in April.
Building a staff
MacIntyre hinted Monday that much of his coaching staff could be filled with San Jose State assistants.
"I look forward to bringing a lot of those guys on that coaching staff here to build something special here at Colorado," he said.
The Spartans' staff includes defensive coordinator Kent Baer, who may be a candidate to replace MacIntyre as head coach. Should Baer come to CU, he'll bring a great deal of experience, including 18 years as a defensive coordinator in the Pac-12. He has previous been the defensive coordinator at Washington, Notre Dame, Stanford, Arizona State, California, Idaho and Utah State.
Brian Lindgren joined the SJSU staff as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach this past season after serving as the offensive coordinator at Northern Arizona.
Offensive line coach Gary Bernardi has 23 years of Pac-12 experience, at Arizona, USC and UCLA. He coached in five Rose Bowls.
Defensive line coach Jim Jeffcoat is also a likely candidate to come to CU. A former NFL star with the Dallas Cowboys, he coached the Cowboys' defensive linemen for seven years, working on the same staff with MacIntyre.
Secondary coach Charles Clark worked with MacIntyre at Duke and would be a candidate to move to Boulder, as well.
Also on the San Jose State staff is Klayton Adams (tight ends), Fred Guidici (special teams coordinator/running backs), Andy LaRussa (cornerbacks) and Terry Malley (receivers). Malley seems least likely to come to CU; he is from the Bay Area and has spent his entire 30-plus year coaching career in that area.
Some of CU's current assistants could stick around, too.
"I'll interview everybody on the staff, kind of see where everything fits and then find out what guys from San Jose State are coming," MacIntyre said. "There's a few other people out there also. When I was at San Jose State, I kept three of the guys (from the previous staff) and it was a good deal."
During the past few years, several top Colorado high school players have committed out of state, rather than giving the Buffs a serious look. MacIntyre hopes to change that, while also keeping a strong foothold in California.
"We're going to absolutely blanket the state of Colorado and we're going to absolutely blanket the state of California," he said. "I look at California as in-state and we're playing a lot of games over there, a lot of games in that area."
MacIntyre said Colorado will be a top priority, saying, "We're going to win this state recruiting."
He also said he will focus on Texas, with Jeffcoat possibly playing a key role in that.
"We're going to definitely recruit in Texas," he said. "Jim Jeffcoat, one of my coaches, he's kind of a big name there and he recruits there now for us."
MacIntyre added that Colorado and California will be higher priorities for the Buffs.
In terms of the 2013 class, as of Monday, CU had 12 verbal commits. MacIntyre said he will honor all of those commitments, as long as those players stay committed to CU.
"They've committed to Colorado and I will talk to all of them," he said. "If they definitely want to stick with Colorado, that's what we'll do. Those young men have committed to play here and we're not going to change that on them now."
Dillon's roller coaster
Buffs freshman quarterback Shane Dillon was recruited by Embree at CU and Butch Jones at Cincinnati.
Two weeks after Embree was fired and two days after Jones chose Tennessee over CU, Dillon met with the program's new head coach, MacIntyre.
Now Dillon, who ran the scout team last season while recovering from shoulder surgery, just wants spring practices to begin.
"I went through a roller coaster the last month. I was really close to coach Embree. Really close. He is pretty much what brought me here. He took me away from Butch is pretty much how it was," Dillon said. "Then they were talking about how Butch was going to come here and I thought, 'Wow, that's pretty ironic.'
"He ended up not coming and they ended up signing Coach Mac. It's just been ... I realize how much of a business it is. I'm just ready to get out on the dang field."
Dillon is expected to be in the mix for the starting job in 2012 with Jordan Webb, Connor Wood and Nick Hirschman.