After investigation, extension for Colorado's Mike MacIntyre finally approved

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Mike MacIntyre has a 20-31 record in four seasons at Colorado. (AP)
Mike MacIntyre has a 20-31 record in four seasons at Colorado. (AP)

As expected, the contract extension of Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre was formally approved on Thursday.

The contract, which goes through the 2021 season and is valued at $16.25 million, was initially signed back in January, but the school’s Board of Regents delayed its approval pending an independent investigation into the athletic department’s handling of domestic violence allegations against former assistant coach Joe Tumpkin.

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The results of that investigation were revealed Monday and concluded that MacIntyre and other administrators made mistakes in their handling of the claims made against Tumpkin by a former girlfriend. However, it was determined that there was no intent to cover up the abuse claims. CU president Bruce Benson subsequently announced that MacIntyre would make a $100,000 donation to a fund “addressing domestic violence issues,” receive a letter of reprimand and further training.

Despite those conclusions, a school spokesman told the Denver Post on Monday that the deal was “expected to be approved” later in the week. That came to fruition on Thursday with a “unanimous” vote from the board. In a release, the school said the contract has “the same terms” as presented earlier in the year “with the exception of added language regarding training and reporting responsibility.”

“I appreciate the confidence in me the Board of Regents demonstrated by approving this extension,” MacIntyre said. “I look forward to continuing to contribute to the success of our student-athletes in the classroom and community and on the football field.”

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The 2016 season was MacIntyre’s fourth at CU. The first three seasons of his tenure were a struggle with the team winning a combined 10 games, just two of which came in Pac-12 play. Last year, the Buffs had a breakout year with 10 wins and a Pac-12 South title.

Tumpkin, who resigned Jan. 27, is facing eight charges, including five felonies. His accuser, who says she was abused on multiple occasions between February 2015 and November 2016, is suing the university. 

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