CULVER CITY -- No coach in the Pac-12 faces a greater challenge this season than Mike MacIntyre, who inherits a Colorado program that has four victories in the past two years.

It's familiar ground for MacIntyre. When he took charge of San Jose State in December 2009, the Spartans were coming off a 2-10 season and mired in academic-related scholarship losses.

Three years later, SJSU won 11 games and the Military Bowl.

"There are always similarities, but there are always differences," MacIntyre said Friday at Pac-12 media day.

"The first thing we have to do is work with these young men, get them to believe in us, believe in what we're doing and change the culture. When you go into a program that has been losing, you have to have some culture change and change is tough sometimes.

"I think the similarities would be that both programs had great history, great times, and it wasn't too long ago Colorado was one of the top"'15 programs in the country year in, year out. We need to get back there."

Colorado was picked last in the Pac-12 South in the conference's preseason media poll.



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