SAN JOSE Mike MacIntyre turned around the San Jose State football program. Now he'll attempt to do the same at Colorado.
MacIntyre accepted a five-year, $10 million contract, more than quadrupling his San Jose State salary, Monday to become the new coach of the Buffaloes. He replaces Jon Embree, who was fired after going 1-11 in his second season.
San Jose State did not issue a specific time frame for hiring a new coach, but athletic director Gene Bleymaier said in a statement: "We will work to find a new coach as quickly as possible. We will look for the best person who can pick up where coach MacIntyre left off."
Bleymaier said in his statement there had been several weeks of ongoing talks in an attempt to keep MacIntyre at San Jose State. Sources had indicated the school was hoping to raise money to renegotiate a contract that paid him about $465,000 this year, but there was no way the Spartans could compete with the money Colorado had to offer MacIntyre.
The news wasn't easy for San Jose State players to digest.
"It's hard when you see a guy you admired and respected and you worked hard for put on another school's colors and go out there and have a press conference like that," senior offensive lineman David Quessenberry said.
Bleymaier said he plans to announce in the next day or two who will coach the Spartans (10-2) in the Military Bowl against Bowling Green (8-4) on Dec. 27.
Western Kentucky Bobby Petrino was introduced as the Hilltoppers' coach. The 51-year-old was fired by Arkansas in April for a "pattern of misleading" behavior following an accident in which the coach was injured while riding a motorcycle with his mistress as a passenger.
"At this point in my career, it's about getting back and coaching players," Petrino said.
Petrino had a 34-17 record at Arkansas before he was dismissed in the wake of the scandal.
Oregon State Three players arrested following a fight at a Corvallis, Ore., bar over the weekend have been suspended from the team.
Senior defensive end Rudolf Fifita, junior defensive tackle Mana Rosa and junior linebacker Dyllon Mafi were arraigned, and all face two counts of fourth-degree assault and one count of second-degree disorderly conduct.
The No. 15 Beavers (9-3) will play Texas (8-4) in the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 29. It is unlikely any of the three will participate.
Texas Tech Offensive-line coach Chris Thomsen will serve as the interim coach when the Red Raiders (7-5) meet Minnesota (6-6) in the Meineke Car Care Bowl on Dec. 28.