Below is the statement released by the Athletics Department regarding the firing of CSU football coach Steve Fairchild
â€œI would like to thank Colorado State University for giving me the opportunity to come back and serve as head football coach. I would also like to thank all the players that I have had the opportunity to coach, as well as the coaching staff. Their hard work and commitment is greatly appreciated.
â€œWe have made some great strides over the last four years, both on and off the field, and I feel the program is ready to take a major step forward.
â€œWith approximately 19 starters returning for the 2012 season, I regret not having the opportunity to see the process through. However, I realize that college football is a bottom-line business, and I knew when I was hired that I would be ultimately judged by wins and losses.
â€œIâ€™m extremely fortunate to have been a player, assistant coach, and head coach at my school, Colorado State, with a stint as an NFL coach in between. Nancy and I look forward to the next chapter in this journey of life.â€