Jan 7, 2017; Fort Collins, CO, USA; Colorado State Rams head coach Larry Eustachy celebrates this 500th game coached following the win over the Air Force Falcons at Moby Arena. The Rams defeated the Falcons 85-58. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Colorado State is expected to part ways with former Iowa State men’s basketball coach Larry Eustachy, according to a report by NBC Sports.
The decision to part ways with Eustachy, who has been on administrative leave since Saturday, stems from the school determining he had violated a zero-tolerance mandate that was placed on him following a 2013-14 investigation into his conduct towards players and other people within the program. The investigation found the veteran coach had verbally and emotionally assaulted the players on his roster.
Colorado State’s athletic director at the time of the initial investigation recommended the university fire Eustachy, but he was ultimately overruled by the school’s president. It appears as though that will not be the case this time around as the school believes the violation of the zero-tolerance policy placed on Eustachy, who compiled a 101-59 record as the Cyclones’ head coach from 1998-2003 and led the program to the 2000 Elite Eight, gives them just cause to terminate his contract.
Eustachy was fired in 2003 after photos of him kissing students and drinking with them at Missouri and Kansas State was published in the Des Moines Register. He was hired at Southern Mississippi in 2004, leading the program to the NCAA Tournament in 2012 before taking over in Fort Collins.
Since taking over at Colorado State, he has led the program to one NCAA Tournament in 2013 and a pair of berths in the NIT. The Rams are having their worst season of the Eustachy era in 2017-18 with a 10-16 record and 3-10 in the Mountain West.