From Addazio to Norvell: Everything you need to know on CSU's coaching change, new hire

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The brief Steve Addazio era came to an unceremonious end Thursday, as Colorado State fired its head football coach after a 4-12 record over two seasons with the Rams.

This will be CSU football's third coach in four seasons, so there is plenty of pressure and intrigue around Addazio's departure and where the program goes from here.

The Coloradoan Sports team has you covered with analysis on the coaching change, Addazio's tenure, who CSU may hire next and more.

Stay tuned here for more as the situation develops in the coming days.

CSU football coach Steve Addazio fired

The Rams officially parted ways with Addazio on Thursday morning, and they'll owe him $3 million in buyout money, per the terms of his contract.

“Our expectation is to compete for conference championships and reach bowl eligibility each season. Our student-athletes deserve that, our fans deserve that, our community deserves that, and our University deserves that."

Full story: Steve Addazio out as CSU football coach after 16 games

CSU hiring Jay Norvell from Nevada as next Rams football coach

The Colorado State football team appears to have its next head coach, straight from a Mountain West competitor.

The Rams are expected to hire Nevada’s Jay Norvell as their next head coach, replacing Steve Addazio after he was fired Dec. 2. A CSU source says the deal is done. Neither school has made an announcement.

Full story: Colorado State football expected to hire Jay Norvell away from Nevada as next head coach

Why did Jay Norvell leave Nevada for CSU football?

Norvell's Nevada team has enjoyed far more success than CSU over the past four seasons, and his Wolf Pack team just hammered the Rams by 42 in Canvas Stadium barely a week ago.

So why was Norvell so keen to make the move to Fort Collins? Sports reporter Kevin Lytle has more after Tuesday's introductory press conference.

Full story: Why Jay Norvell left Nevada for a CSU football team he beat by 42 points just two weeks ago

Column: Jay Norvell's hiring energizes CSU football fans

It was apparent at Tuesday's press conference: CSU fans are thrilled about the Jay Norvell hire, and he will bring an energy to CSU football that Steve Addazio never could.

Read more of Kelly Lyell's thoughts on the hire and Norvell's welcome party.

Lyell: Jay Norvell's hiring energizes CSU football fans like Steve Addazio never could

What will Jay Norvell's CSU football teams look, play like?

Norvell is considered an offensive coach who literally wrote the book on wide receivers, and his Nevada teams were explosive with strong quarterback play.

He prefers an aggressive defense and will be bringing over the Wolf Pack's special teams coach to address a sore spot of late for the Rams.

Full details: What will Jay Norvell’s ideal CSU football team look like?

New CSU football assistants on Jay Norvell's coaching staff

There have already been a bevy of assistant coaches and staffers joining Norvell in his move from Nevada to Colorado State.

Read up on the new Rams coaches as they get announced, and we'll keep updating as we learn more in the coming weeks.

CSU football coaching tracker: Which assistants are joining Jay Norvell's staff?

Here's what to know about Jay Norvell

Why leave Jay Norvell Nevada for CSU? How did Nevada do under Coach Norvell? What is his coaching style?

Kevin Lytle offers some initial insights about CSU's new football coach.

Full story: What to know about new CSU football coach Jay Norvell

Contract details for new CSU football coach Jay Norvell

The new Colorado State coach was introduced on Tuesday in the Iris & Michael Smith Alumni Center on campus. The former Nevada coach more than doubled his salary with a move to CSU.

Jay Norvell contract details: Salary, bonus, buyout info for new CSU football coach

Reaction to CSU hiring Jay Norvell from Nevada

Rams fans and college football media had overwhelmingly positive reactions to CSU hiring Jay Norvell on social media after the hire was announced Monday.

'A great hire.' Twitter reacts to Jay Norvell becoming CSU football's next coach

Ohio State's Tony Alford not expected to be next CSU football coach

Multiple sources told The Coloradoan on Sunday that CSU has indicated to Alford, a former CSU player and current Ohio State assistant, that the school is moving in a different direction.

Alford himself seemed to suggest the same thing on Twitter Sunday night when he responded to a fan tweet inquiring about his status.

Full story: Ohio State assistant Tony Alford not expected to be next CSU football coach

Reactions to Addazio firing

Public reaction to Addazio's exit was largely full of applause for the move and optimism for CSU's future, although at least one player was none too happy and others expressed uncertainty about the program.

More reaction: Social media reacts to CSU football firing head coach Steve Addazio

Addazio 'likely' made racially insensitive comment to CSU employee

Recently fired CSU head football coach Steve Addazio "likely" made a racially insensitive comment and a statement that threatened a custodian’s job during an October 2020 altercation, according to an investigation by the university's Office of Equal Opportunity.

The involved custodian, who is Black, told an investigator that “he was ‘talked down to,’ called ‘boy’ in a derogatory manner” and had his job threatened by Addazio after the coach was told a restroom in the Colorado State University football offices was closed for cleaning on Oct. 20, 2020.

Full report: Steve Addazio 'likely' made racially insensitive comment, threatened janitor's job

Column: CSU can't afford another poor head coaching hire

Sports writer Kelly Lyell says that CSU athletics director Joe Parker "better get this one right" in the Rams search for a new coach, with the program at a major crossroads and still seeking sustained success.

Opinion: Colorado State can't afford another mistake in search for new football coach

Who will replace Addazio as CSU coach?

With Addazio out, where will the Rams turn for their next head football coach? There are a couple local favorites and plenty of familiar names for Mountain West and CSU fans.

CSU football coaching candidates: Who will Rams target to replace Steve Addazio?

Pros, cons of the Colorado State coaching job?

The CSU football head coaching job is a desirable one among MW and Group of 5 schools, especially given the Rams' financial investment and the sparkling Canvas Stadium. How much do those positives outweigh the gig's instability and challenges?

CSU football job profile: How attractive is the opening to lead the Rams?

What's in Steve Addazio's contract? How much is Addazio's buyout?

With CSU paying Steve Addazio $3 million not to coach the Rams, CSU athletics has now paid a staggering amount of money to fired coaches since 2018 alone.

Where is the money?: CSU now paying more than $6M to coaches to not coach, including $3M to Steve Addazio

See the details: What's in Addazio's contract with CSU?

Timeline of Addazio at CSU football

Steve Addazio's tenure at CSU was one of the more chaotic two-season stints you'll see, even by college football standards. Some of it was out of Addazio's hands (like the COVID-19 pandemic's effects) while other aspects (multiple investigations, on-field ejection) fell at his feet.

Play-by-play of Steve Addazio's time as CSU football coach: COVID woes, investigations and his biggest win

Chris Abshire is the sports and stats content coach at the Coloradoan. Contact him at ChrisAbshire@coloradoan.com. Support his work and that of other Coloradoan journalists by purchasing a digital subscription today.

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