Colorado State Football: Head Coach Steve Addazio Fired
The beleaguered head coach has been relieved of his duties after a tumultuous two years in Fort Collins.
Another head coach is on the way out.
UPDATE: It is now official that Colorado State will have a new head coach.
We've made a leadership change.
A national search for the next head coach of our program will begin immediately.https://t.co/V0fBsJEEpG
— Colorado State Football (@CSUFootball) December 2, 2021
Less than a week after getting ejected from Colorado State’s season finale, head coach Steve Addazio now faces a more permanent ejection from his role as Rams head coach, per reports.
First broken by ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg and seemingly confirmed with news of an upcoming players meeting reported by the Coloradoan’s Kevin Lytle, Addazio’s ouster comes on the day that his buyout dropped from five million dollars to three million and just days after wrapping up a disappointing 3-9 campaign.
— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) December 2, 2021
Addazio first arrived in Fort Collins back in December 2019, brought on board in part at the behest of former Ohio State and current Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer, with whom Addazio had coached at the University of Florida and Notre Dame. He’d had some success during previous stops at Temple, where he won nine games in his first year at the helm in 2011, and then managed five seven-win seasons in seven years at Boston College. However, his departure from Chestnut Hill was not without some controversy as some former Eagles voiced displeasure about some of the goings-on of his tenure there.
Almost immediately, however, Addazio and the Rams had to navigate the COVID pandemic and some reported allegations that he and his staff flaunted the university’s COVID-related protocols, intimidated players and expressed racism, all of which were strongly refuted by those within the program.
Once the 2020 season got underway, the Rams ended up playing the fewest games of any team in the Mountain West, finishing 1-3 in the abbreviated campaign. However, the lone win came against Wyoming in the annual Border War, ending what had been a prolonged drought of successes in rivalry games.
In 2021, though, things didn’t improve much on the field for Addazio or the Rams. After dropping a pair of home games to FCS power South Dakota State and Vanderbilt to begin the season, Colorado State would finish just 3-9. The litany of losses included a wild finish against eventual division champion Utah State, in which the Rams sent on their “fire team” field goal unit for a missed game-ending opportunity in a move which seemed unnecessarily rushed, rivalry losses to both Air Force and Wyoming, and a season-ending collapse in which Addazio became the second head coach to get ejected from a pair of unsportsmanlike conduct penalties.
He finishes his two years at Colorado State with an overall record of 4-12.
Source: Colorado State is not using Urban Meyer to select its next coach and will explore various search firms.
This is a serious Tweet.
— Steven Godfrey (@38Godfrey) December 2, 2021
The last we saw of Steve Addazio pic.twitter.com/TaQSiu3ELa
— DNVR Rams (@DNVR_Rams) December 2, 2021
Now the attention turns to who is going to be the next Colorado State head coach. Tony Alford turned down a chance to reunite with Brian Kelly at LSU and the former Colorado State running back has been in the running before, rising to become a fan favorite for the position. Tom Herman, currently an analysts for the Chicago Bears, could also be a good fit with previous head coaching experience at both Houston and Texas, as could Matt Lubick, the son of former Rams head coach Sonny Lubick, who was let go from his position as Nebraska’s offensive coordinator back in November.
In the meantime, the athletic department announced in a press release that senior associate head coach and running backs coach Brian White has been named interim head coach. Whomever ends being the next coach at Colorado State has a tough act to follow, but if the right coach gets hired they could buy themselves some grace from the fan base.