Jay MacIntyre plays football and basketball at Monarch, but the quarterback won’t play that position if he decides to play for his father Mike at
Jay MacIntyre plays football and basketball at Monarch, but the quarterback won't play that position if he decides to play for his father Mike at Colorado. ( Greg Lindstrom )

Mike MacIntyre says if his son, Jay, decides to play football for him at Colorado he will join the program on scholarship.

Jay MacIntyre is a two-sport star at Monarch High School. He is being recruited by numerous schools in football and basketball and certainly has the athletic credentials for a scholarship to whatever program he chooses. But considering Mike MacIntyre makes $2 million a year at CU, why wouldn't the coach choose to pay his son's tuition and bring him aboard as a walk-on, saving the program an extra scholarship?

"That's a good thought, too," Mike MacIntyre said. "I think the thought on that is he has earned the right to get a scholarship. It's his time. It's not me and I'm not trying to use it as an advantage to help the program. It's my son's time. It's not Mike MacIntyre's time. It's a good idea advantage-wise, but it's his time and he has earned it. Everybody wants to sign that scholarship. You've worked your butt off your whole life and I think it's an opportunity you should have."

MacIntyre said the decision to offer his son a scholarship at CU is not his alone, though he obviously has final authority over the decision. He said his offensive and defensive assistant coaches have evaluated Jay MacIntyre separately and both groups graded him as a player they would normally recruit if there was no family tie to the program.

CU's offensive coaches would like Jay MacIntyre to play wide receiver while the defensive staffers see him as a cornerback or safety.

Jay MacIntyre plays quarterback and defensive back in high school. Mike MacIntyre said there are no circumstances under which his son would join the CU program as a quarterback. He says that decision has nothing to do with recent history in Boulder in which Cody Hawkins played quarterback under his father, Dan Hawkins.

First and foremost, Mike MacIntyre says his son probably isn't a Pac-12 quarterback because he's only 5-foot-101/2. But he said bringing his son into the program at quarterback would place both father and son under far too much pressure simply because of the nature of the position and how much attention quarterbacks receive.

Mike MacIntyre was a high school quarterback decades ago and had the opportunity to play for his father at Vanderbilt, but his father stipulated that he would play defensive back and not quarterback from the start. Mike MacIntyre said it was absolutely the right decision.

Mike MacIntyre said he is doing his best to recruit his son and let Jay know he is wanted and needed at CU, but he's also trying not to pressure him.

Father and son plan to travel to a handful of schools and football camps this summer when Mike MacIntyre's schedule permits.

"I think he's just going to kind of go through the process this summer and early fall and see what he likes best and what school fits him best and then make a decision from there," Mike MacIntyre said.

Rivals.com doesn't list Jay MacIntyre with any scholarship offers, but he has nearly 20 programs listed on his profile as schools of interest. Mike MacIntyre said he is being recruited as a point guard in basketball and most of the basketball coaches recruiting him represent mid-major programs.

"I love both sports the same," Jay MacIntyre told Rivals.com in late-April. "It will probably come down to a gut feeling. Right now I am not leaning one way or the other.

"Some basketball coaches might think I am going to play football because of my dad but that will really have no bearing on my decision. I am going to pick the school that I think is the best fit for me. If it happens to be where my dad is coaching, then that is where I will go. But I have lived in so many different places, location probably isn't going to be a factor."

Mike MacIntyre insists he has no gut feeling whatsoever about which sport his son will choose to play in college, let alone which school he will choose. He's eager to find out but also is looking forward to experiencing the recruiting process as a parent.

"Of course you would love to coach your son, but at the same time, that's hard on him," Mike MacIntyre said. "It's a tough situation. If I had my perfect world, and I'm going to let him decide all that, but just being a selfish dad, it would be play basketball somewhere so I could coach football and then in basketball season I could go watch him play basketball. Because if he goes somewhere else to play football, basically I'd only get to see him play maybe once a year."

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