Colorado State athletic director Joe Parker walked into Moby Arena on Saturday morning, just before the shootaround for the men’s basketball team, to tell the players interim head coach Steve Barnes had been put on paid administrative leave. Assistant coach Jase Herl would lead the team against San Jose State in the afternoon game. One important distinction? The team was notified before the media found out. “It’s kind of weird finding some stuff out about your coach on social media before it gets to you,” said CSU guard Anthony Bonner after the Rams’ 90-79 victory. Barnes, CSU’s associate head coach, was chosen interim head coach Feb. 3 when Parker placed head coach Larry Eustachy on administrative leave. Parker, along with deputy athletic director Steve Cottingham and compliance director Shalini Shanker, are investigating Eustachy’s behavior and his interactions with players and staff. CSU is expected to wrap up its investigation within a few days. A source close to the investigation told The Denver Post last week that Eustachy would never coach again for CSU, which can avoid paying a $3 million buyout if it fires Eustachy with cause. The two sides are believed to be negotiating an exit plan. In a statement released Saturday, Parker didn’t give a reason why Barnes was placed on leave, but team sources say players spoke up about their concerns playing for Barnes in a meeting with the athletic director a day earlier. CSU center Nico Carvacho, Bonner and Herl all declined to comment Saturday on Barnes’ removal as interim coach. Herl said he had not been told whether or not he would resume head coaching duties going forward. The Rams have a bye this week and are not expected to return to practice until at least Tuesday.
Colorado State suspends Steve Barnes
Denver Post | Feb 11