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Sports / Recreation

Fairchild will not return as Rams football coach

December 4, 2011

CSU football coach Steve Fairchild will not be retained following a third consecutive 3-9 season.

Colorado State University Director of Athletics Jack Graham Sunday announced that Steve Fairchild will not return for the 2012 season and that the university has begun a national search for the Rams’ next head football coach.


A leading national search firm, Spencer Stuart, has been retained to assist in the process. Graham will also consult with CSU President Tony Frank on how to best engage the campus community in finding CSU’s next head coach.


“I appreciate all that Steve has done for Colorado State University,” Graham said. “As a former player, graduate, assistant and head coach, Steve took great pride in our football program and university. He will always be a valued member of the Ram family.”


Fairchild had a 16-33 record in four years at the helm, including a 7-6 record and victory over Fresno State in the 2008 New Mexico Bowl.


“Hiring the right head football coach at CSU is one of the most important things I will do as the director of athletics,” Graham said. “I will seek advice and support from a variety of sources to be sure we are confident we have the best person in place to lead our football program.”


Under the terms of his employment agreement, Fairchild will be paid an amount equal to his annual base salary of $350,000 through the end of 2012. Funding will come from private funds, not state money.


Secondary coach Tim Duffie has been named transitional coach. He will direct the football staff and players and manage the program’s ongoing recruiting efforts until a new head coach is named.