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SANTA CLARA, Calif. – After leading one of the great single-season turnarounds in recent college football history, Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre figures to be a hot name to be thrown around in the coaching carousel.

Every time a big job has opened up in the past week or two, MacIntyre is named as a possible candidate.

CU was quick to squash one rumor on Saturday, however.

CT Steckel, a sideline reporter for Fox College Football in Dallas, tweeted late Thursday that MacIntyre was on the short list of candidates at Baylor, and even reported that MacIntyre was set to interview for the Baylor job after the Pac-12 title game on Friday.

CU sports information director David Plati tweeted on Friday morning that the rumor was, “NOT TRUE. Let’s put that to bed right now.”

After CU’s 41-10 loss to Washington, MacIntyre further denied that rumor.

“That’s crazy. I haven’t talked to anybody at Baylor,” he said. “I don’t know anything about (the Baylor job).

“Anybody can put anything they want out on Twitter and it’s real, right? I told Dave (Plati), Dave please make sure everybody knows that’s not true.”

MacIntyre has two years remaining on his contract, which pays him roughly $2 million per year in base and supplemental salary.

The salary of USC head coach Clay Helton is not known, because USC is a private school and doesn’t make those details public. But, among the other 11 Pac-12 coaches, MacIntyre has the lowest salary.

After being named Pac-12 coach of the year and Walter Camp national coach of the year, MacIntyre figures to get a significant bump in salary this offseason – either through an extension and raise from CU, or from another job if a school can lure him away from the Buffs.

MacIntyre has earned an additional $400,000 in performance bonuses this season.

Steckel is a Baylor graduate and the son of former CU assistant coach Les Steckel, who worked for the Buffs from 1973-76 and 1991-92.

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