CSU men's basketball coach Larry Eustachy placed on administrative leave

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It was reported past year that a 2013-14 investigation concluded that Eustachy created a "culture of fear and intimidation" within the Colorado State program.

Colorado State men's basketball coach Larry Eustachy was placed on administrative leave Saturday, athletic director Joe Parker announced.

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"We have started a climate assessment, which involves conversations with the students and staff members associated with the men's basketball program", said Joe Parker.

Parker says the university is proceeding "as expeditiously as possible, understanding the importance of a thorough and fair process". On Saturday, it was announced Eustachy has been asked to step away from the program on a temporary basis.

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Prior to his arrival to CSU, Eustachy coached Southern Mississippi, Iowa State, Utah State and Idaho. "No conclusions have been made".

Concerns over Eustachy's treatment of players dates back to 2014, when CSU officials designated a staffer to monitor him after an initial investigation revealed that the long-time college coach created a culture of fear and intimidation among players. In documents obtained by the Coloradoan almost a year ago, Eustachy acknowledged he "crossed the line" when asked about the atmosphere within the program by former athletic director Jack Graham. Graham recommended Eustachy's contract be terminated with cause, but CSU president Tony Frank overruled Graham. The Rams were 10-14 heading into the home game Saturday against Nevada.

At this time, Eustachy's time in Fort Collins seems to be nearing its completion. His best season for the Cyclones was 1999-2000, when Eustachy had Jamaal Tinsley and Marcus Fizer and the team went 32-5 record, reaching the final eight of the NCAA field. When asked by the Post whether he believed he would remain CSU's coach through the end of the season, Eustachy said he could not comment.

He was introduced as Colorado State's coach in April 2012.

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