- Kevin Gemmell, ESPN Staff Writer
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We know that it's probably going to take some time for Mike MacIntyre to get things off the ground at Colorado. After a difficult first two seasons in the Pac-12, that's seen the Buffs win just four games over that span, head coach Jon Embree was fired after 2012. That paved the way for MacIntyre, who helped turn San Jose State into a Top 25 team.
He chatted with ESPN senior writer Ivan Maisel about the big building project ahead of him. It's a great read as MacIntyre talks about how he's been down this road before.
Here's what he told Maisel:
"Every person, when I told them I was thinking about taking the job," MacIntyre said of San Jose State, "there wasn't one person, not one person out of the 100 I asked, who told me I should take the job. And then when we were successful, I had people call me and tell me, 'I thought we'd never hear of you again. I thought your career would be over as a head coach when you took that job.'"
The story also talks about how Butch Jones and Gary Andersen both passed on Colorado -- meaning MacIntyre took on a job that that scared others off.
"I just think that sometimes when you're not being successful in any business or any organization, you kind of isolate and make assumptions about other people," MacIntyre said. "I think in any business or corporation or team, once you knock down barriers and knock down walls, and start being vulnerable, then you can grow. And that's what we are working on now."
You can read all of Maisel's story here.