Colorado State players have begun boycotting practices after the reported firing of Larry Eustachy. For clarity, this isn’t to support the coach, at least not that we know of, but due to only finding out information through the media instead of their own athletic department.
“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,” a source told the Denver Post.
This was the second investigation into the coach in four years, as he was looked into in 2013-14 after allegedly creating a “culture of fear and intimidation.”
According to initial reporting, first surfacing last week thanks to Justin Michael, the majority of players have come out against Eustachy.
Former Rams athletics director Jack Graham was the one who hired the maligned head coach. Following the first investigation, he recommended Eustachy be fired. However, the university decided to instead send him to anger management classes.
Of note, the university inserted a zero-tolerance policy when allowing him to retain his job. This has, obviously, triggered that part of the agreement between the school and coach.
Following the initial investigation, in which he admitted to the varying forms of verbal abuse, the coach released the following statement:
“I am deeply disappointed on a very personal level that someone chose to publicize confidential information from my personnel file. That said, I fully recognize that I’m not perfect. I have my faults and strive every day to be better than I was yesterday.”
Apparently, the reason it took so long to fire the coach was only due to logistics. The school had to first meet wit the maligned coach and his attorney before showing him the door.
This appears to be an incredibly fluid and still developing story. We will keep you posted as more details emerge.