By Ken Cross
Colorado State basketball coach Larry Eustachy was placed on administrative leave on Saturday as the university moves forward on an investigation about what is termed as the “climate” surrounding the Colorado State basketball program.
Rams Athletic Director Joe Parker noted that part of the assessment was an evaluation that deals with interviews of students and people who are closely connected to the team as well as staff members in the basketball office. Eustachy was investigated by the university last year about accusations that stemmed from incidents during the 2013-14 season.
According to the Associated Press, Eustachy “called players derogatory names, threw chairs, soda cans and erasers, along with punching a whiteboard.” The report also noted that Eustachy coached and brought out “fear and intimidation” among his coaches and players.
After leading Southern Miss into the NCAA Tournament during the 2011-12 season, Eustachy took over in Fort Collins and immediately eld the Rams into NCAA play as they finished 26-9 in 2012-13. He is currently under contract through the 2020-21 campaign.
Eustachy is in his sixth year as the coach of the Rams where they are currently 10-15 and have lost six in a row and are 3-9 in the Mountain West as they have dropped into ninth place.