Colorado State’s investigation of Larry Eustachy is complete

Colorado State’s investigation of coach Larry Eustachy and his men’s basketball program is complete, according to a source with direct knowledge of the situation.

Eustachy and his attorney met with CSU on Tuesday to defend allegations of verbal abuse, the final interview of the two-week investigation. It was the first formal meeting of the parties during the process. Present at the meeting were CSU athletic director Joe Parker, deputy athletic director Steve Cottingham and compliance director Shalini Shanker — the same trio who met with Rams players and coaches during what the school has referred to as a climate assessment.

The Denver Post reported last week that CSU intended to part ways with Eustachy, 62, pending the completion of the investigation, which remains the expectation. When the university takes “corrective action” against an employee, it normally sends that employee a letter outlining its findings and gives that person and his representation a chance to respond before a final decision is made, the source said. CSU hopes to make its decision official within a week.

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Eustachy, in his sixth season with the Rams, was placed on paid administrative leave Jan. 30, four days after the school publicly acknowledged the ongoing investigation. Steve Barnes, 60, was named interim coach that day but was suspended a week later, and assistant Jase Herl, 30, was then put in charge.

Once players realized how seriously the school was taking the investigation, they became more forthcoming with the administration about Barnes and how he was an extension of Eustachy, said the source, who is not authorized to speak publicly about the process.

A previous investigation by CSU in 2014 determined Eustachy verbally abused players and created a culture of fear and intimidation, in part by …read more

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