Timeline: Steve Addazio’s downfall as Colorado State head football coach – The Denver PostDecember 3, 2021
Dec. 12, 2019 — Day 1: Colorado State introduces Steve Addazio as its next head football after the firing of Mike Bobo. Addazio tells a packed room inside Canvas Stadium: “We’re going to make you proud, as I am, to be a CSU Ram.” The crowd of fans and alumni cheered.
Aug. 7, 2020 — Compliance issues: CSU President Joyce McConnel halts 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 COVID-19 symptoms and alleged racial insensitivity concerns. CSU hires a law firm to investigate the claims.
Oct. 7, 2020 — All clear: CSU issues the results of a two-month investigation that mostly exonerates the football program of major wrongdoing. But the school later announces new measures encouraging athletes to report concerns, supplementing diversity training, and discouraging retaliation within the athletic department.
Nov. 5, 2020 — Border War victory: CSU defeats Wyoming, 34-24, in Addazio’s coaching debut inside Canvas Stadium. The Rams snap their combined 12-game losing streak against traditional rivals (CU/AFA/UW). Addazio said postgame: “We’re still a new program. We’re still developing. I’d like to think that we’ll continue to improve.”
Dec. 12, 2020 — Rough finish: CSU closes the year with consecutive losses and multiple game cancellations to finish the pandemic season 1-3.
Sept. 11, 2021 — Hot seat: The Rams open their 2021 schedule with a pair of miserable home defeats to FCS South Dakota State and SEC laughingstock Vanderbilt. The crowd inside Canvas Stadium thins when CSU gives up a 14-point lead to the Commodores. The first big sign of a coach in trouble.
Oct. 16, 2021 — Resurgence: CSU appears in a position to compete for the Mountain West title after Week 7. The Rams start 2-0 in conference play and in non-conference play torched Toledo on the road and played tough at Iowa. CSU flexed its defensive strength by giving up only 69 yards of total offense to New Mexico. The fun wouldn’t last long.
Oct. 22, 2021 — Clock management: CSU loses a heartbreaker at Utah State, 26-24, after the field goal unit rushes onto the field with 11 seconds left — instead of the offense spiking the ball to stop the clock — and the attempt is no good. Addazio lays some of the blame on the players: “No one sent them in, but they took off on the field.” He clarifies his statement at the following Monday news conference: “That error was directly on me.” It marks the beginning of a six-game slide, including losses to Wyoming and Air Force, to end the season.
Nov. 27, 2021 — Emotion check: Addazio is ejected from the final game of the season after consecutive sideline personal foul penalties against Nevada on Senior Night (with 5:21 remaining in the second quarter). The Rams fall 52-10. Addazio tells reporters after the game: “If I kept my mouth shut and didn’t say anything, obviously I wouldn’t have been in that situation, so that’s my responsibility.”
Dec. 2, 2021 — Pink slip: CSU announces it has fired Addazio after 16 games with a 4-12 overall record. His contract buyout is $3 million. Athletic director Joe Parker holds a roughly 30-minute meeting with players to address the coaching change. CSU hires a search firm, Collegiate Sports Associates, to assist with the selection process of the next Rams head coach.
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