CSU athletic director Paul Kowalczyk confirmed Tuesday afternoon during an emotional press conference that he did indeed force Sonny Lubick out of his position as head football coach after guiding the Rams to an unprecedented level of success during the past 15 years.
“Ten days ago I asked Sonny to step down,” Kowalczyk said on the court of Moby Arena.
Lubick was introduced after Kowalczyk spoke to the sound of a standing ovation by hundreds of former and current players, coaches, family and community members present.
“This can’t be a missed opportunity for me to tell you all how much I appreciate you,” Lubick said. “. I don’t think there’s a coach in the country that’s had, for 15 years, as much fun as I’ve had.”
In classic Lubick style, the 70-year-old Montana native made those in attendance laugh with a number of anecdotes about anything from memories on the recruiting trail to receiving his traditional free cup of coffee earlier this morning.
Kowalczyk said after the press conference that no official steps have been taken so far to find Lubick’s replacement, a process he said will start Wednesday.