BOULDER - Something special is happening with the Colorado Buffaloes football team.

It certainly didn’t happen overnight. It has taken a few years to turn around a program that was 1-11 in 2012.

The transformation is eerily similar to what happened in the early 80’s.

Both comebacks involve a Coach Mac.

In 2016, it is Coach Mike MacIntyre.

In 1982, the new coach was Coach Bill McCartney. Coach Mac of the 80’s led his team to a national championship.

The players from those days still meet at the home games on a regular basis. Some have a role with the current team.

They all believe they are the men they are today because of their experience with Coach Bill McCartney.

They say he made them believe in the impossible. More importantly, they say his lessons transcended football and forever shaped and changed their lives.