Colorado State Players Protest amid Reports HC Larry Eustachy Will Be Fired

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistFebruary 8, 2018

Official Larry Spaulding holds back Colorado State coach Larry Eustache before calling a technical foul on him during the second half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Nevada in the Mountain West Conference tournament championship Saturday, March 11, 2017, in Las Vegas. Nevada won 79-71. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)
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Colorado State men's basketball players boycotted practice Thursday amid reports the university will fire head coach Larry Eustachy.

Sean Star of the Loveland Reporter-Herald reported the news, noting players have become frustrated at a lack of communication from the athletic department.

Eustachy, 62, was placed on administrative leave last week as the university conducts an investigation into his behavior.

Matt L. Stephens of the Denver Post reported Colorado State is planning to fire Eustachy due to repeated allegations of verbally abusive conduct with players. The university placed a zero tolerance policy in his contract in 2014 after a prior investigation.

“We can’t give a guy a zero tolerance policy in 2014, have the conduct continue in 2018 and then just give him another warning,” a source told Stephens.

Eustachy is accused of "repeatedly screaming profanities" at players during practices and in the locker room at halftime and following games. A meeting is scheduled for Friday between Eustachy and the university.

Eustachy was previously fired as the head coach at Iowa State in 2003 after photos of him drinking with and kissing female students surfaced. He has compiled a 121-74 during his nearly six seasons as Colorado State's head coach, leading the program to an NCAA tournament berth in 2013.