Report: Colorado State investigation recommended firing basketball coach Larry Eustachy. He wasn’t fired.

A story in the Coloradoan published Wednesday concluded that Eustachy “created a culture of fear and intimidation and emotionally abused his players.”

A Colorado State investigation into men's basketball coach Larry Eustachy's behavior recommended he be fired. He wasn't. (Paul Dineen/Flickr)
A Colorado State investigation into men’s basketball coach Larry Eustachy’s behavior recommended he be fired. He wasn’t. (Paul Dineen/Flickr)

A Colorado State investigation during the 2013-14 season into the behavior of men’s basketball coach Larry Eustachy recommended that Eustachy be fired. Instead, Eustachy kept his post, which he remains in today, and received a $28,200 raise after the 2013-14 season.

A story in the Coloradoan published Wednesday concluded that Eustachy “created a culture of fear and intimidation and emotionally abused his players.”

The newspaper obtained a copy of the investigation the school conducted in 2013-14 and interviewed former Rams players. The investigation revealed that Eustachy told assistants “to shut the f— up,” called players “f—–g c–ts,” punched and broke dry erase boards and threw unopened soda cans against walls.

Despite those findings, Colorado State president Tony Frank declined to fire Eustachy and instead placed him on a personal improvement plan that included anger management classes.

Eustachy is making $965,699 this season. Colorado State is 18-9 and in first place in the Mountain West Conference.

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Christian Clark

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Christian Clark covers sports. He's worked for outlets that include the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, The Oklahoman, Columbia Missourian and Dave Campbell's Texas Football magazine. He likes music and Mexican food. Lots and lots of Mexican food. Got questions? Tips? You can reach him at cclark@denverite.com.