Larry Eustachy’s conduct as CSU’s men’s basketball coach is again the subject of an internal investigation, university athletic director Joe Parker said Wednesday. “We have started a climate assessment, which involves conversations with the students and staff members associated with the men’s basketball program,” Parker said in a statement released by the athletic department. “As always, we will not make any public comments until our process is complete and have no additional information to share at this time.” Parker’s comments came in response to a report published online earlier in the day by former Rocky Mountain Collegian sports editor Justin Michael stating that Parker was interviewing players individually about the coach’s conduct. Citing “multiple sources close to the situation,” the report said the “vast majority of the players spoke out against Eustachy in their interviews.” A previous report into the Colorado State University coach’s conduct, obtained last winter by the Coloradoan and verified by 14 people with knowledge of the investigation, including six players and two others who were interviewed, determined Eustachy verbally abused his players, staff members and others within the athletic department and used fear and intimidation to run his program. The coach acknowledged in the earlier investigation, conducted by former athletic director Jack Graham, deputy athletic director John Morris and senior associate AD Steve Cottingham, during the 2013-14 season, that he “crossed the line” and “went way over the line” in his treatment of players and staff at times. Multiple sources close to the program have told the Coloradoan nothing about the way Eustachy runs his program has changed since that first investigation was conducted. Eustachy, 62, is in his sixth season as the Rams’ coach and is one win away from becoming the second-winningest coach in school history. His record at CSU entering a home game Wednesday night against Wyoming is 121-73. His 121 wins ties Stew Morrill for No. 2 on CSU’s career list, and his .627 winning percentage trails only Boyd Grant’s .638. CSU officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment beyond Parker's statement.
CSU basketball coach Larry Eustachy facing new conduct investigation
Coloradoan | Feb 1