CSU Athletic Director, Jack Graham, Fired
After less than three years as the head of the athletic department at Colorado State University, Jack Graham has been terminated as the school's athletic director.
Graham, who is the man behind the plan to build a controversial on-campus stadium at CSU, was hired December 1, 2011.
According to a press release from CSU:
"I have elected to terminate Jack Graham’s employment as athletic director,” Frank said. “While I am grateful to Jack for the energy he’s brought to CSU in establishing a culture that expects excellence within Ram Athletics and his actions in hiring great coaches and staff, there have come to exist some substantial differences in our views. Based on our differences, I have chosen to exercise the termination for convenience clause within Jack's contract to allow the university and the athletic department to move forward, building on the successes that Jack brought to our program. As a personnel issue, this will be the University’s only comment on this personnel action.”
Although there was no clear reason stated as to why the university decided to part ways with, Graham, speculation says that it could be due to fund-raising to build the privately funded stadium lagging with only a reported $24.2 million generated out of the estimated $220 million in construction costs.
Well at CSU Graham was responsible for the hiring Jim McElwain to coach the football program, Larry Eustachy to run the men's basketball program and Ryun Williams to coach the women's basketball program.