Steve Addazio’s downfall as Colorado State football head coach – The Denver Post
December 12, 2019 – Day 1: Colorado State presents Steve Addazio as the next head footballer following the dismissal of Mike Bobo. Addazio told a packed house inside Canvas Stadium: “We are going to make you proud, as I am, to be a CSU Ram.” The crowd of fans and alumni applauded.
August 7, 2020 – Compliance issues: CSU President Joyce McConnel ceases all activity within the football program following a series of investigative reports in The Coloradoan newspaper. The program faces allegations that staff members told players not to report symptoms of COVID-19 and claims of racial insensitivity. CSU hires a law firm to investigate the claims.
October 7, 2020 – Everything is clear: The CSU is releasing the results of a two-month investigation that largely exonerates the football program of major wrongdoing. But the school later announces new measures encouraging athletes to report their concerns, supplementing diversity training and discouraging retaliation within the sports department.
November 5, 2020 – Victory of the border war: CSU defeats Wyoming, 34-24, in Addazio’s coaching debut at Canvas Stadium. The Rams end their combined 12-game losing streak against traditional rivals (CU / AFA / UW). Addazio said after the match: âWe are always a new program. We are still in development. I would like to think that we will continue to improve.
December 12, 2020 – Rough finish: CSU ends the year with back-to-back losses and multiple game cancellations to end pandemic season 1-3.
September 11, 2021 – Hot Seat: The Rams open their 2021 schedule with a pair of miserable home losses to FCS South Dakota State and laughingstock SEC Vanderbilt. The crowds inside Canvas Stadium diminished as CSU ceded a 14-point lead to the Commodores. The first big sign of a struggling coach.
October 16, 2021 – Resurgence: CSU appears in a position to compete for the Mountain West title after Week 7. The Rams start 2-0 in the conference game and in the non-conference game have torched Toledo on the road and played hard in Iowa. CSU weakened its defensive strength, giving up just 69 total attacking yards to New Mexico. The fun won’t last long.
October 22, 2021 – Clock management: CSU loses heartbreak to Utah State, 26-24, after the field goal unit rushes onto the field with 11 seconds remaining – instead of the offense having the ball to stop the clock – and the attempt is not good. Addazio blames some of the blame on the players: “Nobody sent them, but they went out onto the pitch.” He clarifies his statement at the following Monday press conference: “This error was directly on me.” It marks the start of a six-game slide, including losses to Wyoming and the Air Force, to end the season.
November 27, 2021 – Emotion control: Addazio is ejected from the last game of the season after consecutive personal foul penalties against Nevada on the senior night (with 5:21 left in the second quarter). Aries fall 52-10. Addazio told reporters after the game: “If I kept my mouth shut and didn’t say anything, obviously I wouldn’t have been in this situation, so it’s my responsibility.”
December 2, 2021 – Pink leaflet: CSU announces that he fired Addazio after 16 games with an overall record of 4-12. His buyout contract is for $ 3 million. Sporting director Joe Parker is holding a meeting of around 30 minutes with the players to discuss the change of coach. CSU is hiring a research firm, Collegiate Sports Associates, to help with the selection process for the Rams’ next head coach.