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Report: Colorado State Intends To Fire Larry Eustachy

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After being placed on administrative leave a few days ago, Colorado State reportedly intends to fire head basketball coach Larry Eustachy.

Larry Eustachy has been a head coach dating back to 1990. For his career, he is 520-322 as a head coach.

He has been at Colorado State since 2012, with a 118-66 record as Rams head coach. The team went to the NCAA Tournament in his first season, reaching the Round of 32.

The Rams got off to a 7-6 start this year. However, they will be finishing the season with a new head coach.

On February 3, Eustachy was placed on administrative leave. At the time, it was reported that he had been asked to “temporarily step away” from the program.

Earlier in the week, the athletic department reportedly investigated the coach's conduct. Said investigation featured interviews with players and other coaches.

In his release, CSU athletic director said "no conclusions have been made" about Eustachy at the time of the leave. That has reportedly changed.

Eustachy will be fired, according to Matt L. Stephens of The Denver Post. From his report:

Larry Eustachy’s tenure as Colorado State’s men’s basketball coach is over, according to a source with knowledge of the university’s decision.

CSU intends to terminate the coach’s contract based on Eustachy violating the zero tolerance policy he previously received regarding his abusive behavior toward players and staff, according to the source, who has direct knowledge of the school’s current investigation.

“We can’t give a guy a zero-tolerance policy in 2014, have the conduct continue in 2018 and then just give him another warning,” the source said.

Stephens has a bit more on what the nature of this recent investigation into Eustachy's program entailed. From the report:

Eustachy, who was put on a paid leave of absence last Saturday, has been the subject of an investigation by the CSU athletic department designed to assess the culture of the program. Athletic director Joe Parker, deputy director Steve Cottingham and compliance director Shalini Shanker interviewed players and staff members regarding Eustachy’s behavior over the past week. According to multiple team sources who requested anonymity due to fear of retaliation, Eustachy would single out players during practices and in the locker room at halftime of and after games and repeatedly scream profanities at them.

The "zero-tolerance" policy mentioned above was put into place after an investigation into the program during the 2013-14 season. Eustachy admitted that he "went way over the line" with regards to actions he took in front of his team, including throwing chairs and punting a whiteboard.

Eustachy has been highly successful as a head coach. His career has not come without controversy, however.

In 2003, while serving as head coach at Iowa State, The Des Moines Register released photos of Eustachy at a college party near the Missouri campus after the Cyclones and Tigers played in Columbia. He was suspended with pay after the photos, which featured him kissing young women and holding beer.

Larry Eustachy was eventually fired by Iowa State. He entered a rehabilitation program, and got back into coaching in 2004 with Southern Miss. It is unclear whether he will get another chance at the Division I level after these most recent issues.

[The Denver Post]