Mike MacIntyre, who was fired as Colorado’s head coach before the Buffaloes’ final regular-season game, has been named the new defensive coordinator at Mississippi, the school announced on Monday.
“I could not be more excited to add Mike’s leadership, values and high-level experience to our program,” Ole Miss head coach Matt Luke said in a statement released by the school “Throughout our years together at Duke and Ole Miss, I have seen firsthand his ability to turn around a defense, and I look forward to seeing his veteran influence on that side of the ball. Mike is also a tremendous recruiter and should make an immediate impact as we assemble this important class.”
MacIntyre previously coached at Ole Miss from 1999 through 2002 as a wide receivers coach and later a defensive backs coach. MacIntyre and Luke were on the same staff in 1999 when Luke was starting his coaching career as a graduate assistant.
Luke became the offensive line coach the following season at Murray State but returned to Ole Miss in 2002 to coach the offensive line and tight ends.
MacIntyre became an assistant coach with the Dallas Cowboys after the 2002 season.
He was the defensive coordinator at Duke in 2008 and 2009 before being named the head coach at San Jose State in 2010. He coached the Spartans for three seasons, leading San Jose State to a 10-2 record in 2012 before being hired at Colorado.
Colorado went 10-4 in 2016 when it played in the Pac-12 championship game, but the Buffaloes went 5-7 last year and were 5-6 this season when MacIntyre was fired on Nov. 18.