Colorado St. HC Larry Eustachy Placed on Leave Amid Investigation into Conduct

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistFebruary 3, 2018

FAYETTEVILLE, AR - DECEMBER 5:  Head Coach Larry Eustachy of the Colorado State Rams talks to his players during a game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Bud Walton Arena on December 5, 2017 in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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Colorado State announced Saturday that it has placed head basketball coach Larry Eustachy on administrative leave as it continues to investigate his conduct. 

"I have asked head coach Larry Eustachy to temporarily step away from the men's basketball program, as he has been placed on administrative leave while we conclude our climate assessment," athletic director Joe Parker said, per ESPN.com. "We are diligently working through this assessment as expeditiously as possible, understanding the importance of a thorough and fair process. No conclusions have been made."

According to ESPN.com's Mark Schlabach, Parker said Wednesday the school was going to investigate Eustachy's conduct again after previously doing so during the 2013-14 season. 

That investigation revealed Eustachy fostered "a culture of fear and intimidation and emotionally abused his players," per the Coloradoan's Matt L. Stephens and Kelly Lyell

Citing documents from the investigation, Stephens and Lyell reported that Eustachy told assistant coaches to "shut the f--k up" and referred to his players as "f--king c--ts."

Once the investigation concluded, "one high-ranking university official" called for Eustachy to be fired. 

"I am deeply disappointed on a very personal level that someone chose to publicize confidential information from my personnel file," Eustachy said in a statement last February. "That said, I fully recognize that I'm not perfect. I have my faults and strive every day to be better than I was yesterday."

Assistant Steve Barnes will serve as Colorado State's interim head coach in Eustachy's absence.