As Colorado athletic director Rick George continues to try to fill the vacancy in the Buffaloes' football schedule, head coach Mike MacIntyre made it very clear there is one opponent he doesn't want to see: San Jose State.
"No," he said sternly when asked if he wanted to play the Spartans, whom he coached from 2010-12. "I will not play San Jose State. I don't want to go up against young men that I care deeply about. I don't think that would be the right thing to do."
So, San Jose State at Colorado on Oct. 19 is off the table?
"It is for me," MacIntyre said. "Unless somebody above me makes a decision on that."
As much as MacIntyre would hate it, those above him ought to keep that door open because facing San Jose State might be the best option for CU.
Colorado has a hole in its schedule because of its Sept. 14 game against Fresno State being postponed after the severe flooding in the Boulder area two weeks ago. It's unlikely the Buffs will be able to reschedule with Fresno State, because their bye weeks do not match up.
Therefore, the Buffs have to explore other options for their Oct. 19 bye week.
Several schools -- including former Big 12 rival Nebraska -- are also off on Oct. 19, but it doesn't make any sense for another school from a BCS conference to give up a bye week and come to Boulder. There's very little, if any, incentive for a team like Nebraska to come here.
Plus, most schools would have to get a waiver from the NCAA to get a 13th game on the schedule. The exception to that rule is that Hawaii, and any team that plays at Hawaii, is allowed to play a 13th game.
Colorado approached Hawaii about coming here, but Hawaii reportedly turned down an offer this week to come to Boulder.
Four teams have road trips to Hawaii this year. One is Fresno State. Another is Colorado State, which CU already beat on Sept. 1. So, forget those two.
That leaves two FBS schools that make the most sense for CU: San Diego State and San Jose State. As luck would have it, both teams are off on Oct.19.
Of course, the Buffs could also try to schedule any number of Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) schools that are off that week, but that's a less appealing option. FCS teams aren't going to drum up much interest to local fans. And, a second FCS opponent (CU defeated Central Arkansas on Sept. 7) could wind up costing the Buffs a trip to a bowl game, since NCAA rules state that only one victory against an FCS school can count toward bowl eligibility.
San Diego State would be a decent option, but the Aztecs (currently 0-3) aren't an overly attractive opponent. It is a team the Buffs could beat, though, and that could go a long way to getting them into a bowl game.
San Jose State (1-2), meanwhile, is a solid team with a quarterback -- David Fales -- that could be one of the first passers taken in the 2014 NFL Draft. That alone could draw a few extra fans to Folsom Field on Oct. 19.
Seeing MacIntyre's new team go against his old one is sure to produce more local and national interest, too. Who wouldn't want to see MacIntyre take on his old team? Well, other than MacIntyre, of course.
Because of the potential storylines associated with the matchup, bringing San Jose State to Boulder could be the most financially beneficial option for CU. Considering the state of finances in the CU athletic department, the Buffs have to think of dollar signs. (San Jose State would collect a nice check, too).
San Diego State and San Jose State could follow Hawaii's lead and decline the visit to Boulder, so in the end, it may turn out that scheduling another FCS school is CU's only real option.
That would please MacIntyre if he could avoid that matchup with San Jose State.
However, if CU's options came down to San Jose State and an FCS school, there really shouldn't be a choice.
MacIntyre's feelings are understandable and admirable, but he and those above him need to do what's best for Colorado. He needs to show his loyalty to the school paying him $2 million a year, not the school he used to coach.
MacIntyre is a Buff now, not a Spartan. And, if lining up against San Jose State is the best thing for Colorado, bring it on.