A machete-wielding man was shot and killed by police early Wednesday morning in Boulder, Colorado after entering the Champions Center sports facility on the University of Colorado campus. Colorado Buffaloes head football coach Mike MacIntyre joined The Jim Rome Show live from the facility while the situation was still ongoing.
“As a matter of fact, I’m still on lockdown as I’m talking to you, we’re not allowed to go up into our building,” MacIntyre told Rome. MacIntyre said his team was at practice when the situation first arose. “But our protocol and everything worked exactly like it should and all of our athletes all of our employees and everybody is safe, it was really a scary situation no doubt.”
Obviously, MacIntyre immediately feared for everyone’s safety once he was informed on the practice field that something was going wrong inside the complex.
“First thing that went through my mind is when I heard I was in the middle of practice, they called down and said we couldn’t leave practice, just to keep going. We saw these ambulances and sirens going by and my first reaction and everything was I hope everyone is safe in our building,” MacIntyre said. “Because we still had employees in our building, especially our football employees there that are working on recruiting and all the different aspects and video, but all of them were ok, so I was just very concerned, and to make sure everybody was safe and ok, and everybody is, so that’s very good.”
The fourth-year Colorado head coach also talked about this season’s success, having the program ranked in the top 25 for the first time in 11 years, and their big win over the Oregon Ducks in Eugene.
“It was a big moment for our program, there’s no doubt. Oregon is a perennial power in our league, not many people go into Autzen and win. It was exciting,” MacIntyre said. “A lot of our young men were on the field when Oregon was taking a knee not to score 70 against us a couple years ago, so how far we’ve come is excellent, but we still have a long way to go and we’ve only won two conference games, so we’ve got a lot to do left.”
MacIntyre also pointed out the maturity of this year’s football team and how they’re not complacent with what they’ve already accomplished.
“We’ve got guys who realize that their work ethic and what they do on a daily basis is what makes the results on Saturday,” MacIntyre said. “And they’ve been through enough hard times, they don’t want to see this slip away and they’ve kind of tasted it, and they want to keep tasting it.”