Just six years into his job with Colorado State, athletic director Paul Kowalczyk has been fired, the Associated Press reported today. The school made an official announcement just hours later with an official press release introducing new athletic director, Jack Graham.
“In Jack Graham, we have the perfect combination of dedicated Ram fan, stand-out athlete and experienced business leader with the skills and business acumen to energize and advance our overall athletics program,” school president Tony Frank said in a statement. “I am excited about the enthusiasm he will generate among our students, coaches, alumni, donors and fans. He brings high standards, high expectations and a passion for winning that is infectious.”
Kowalczyk had just signed a five-year contract extension through 2015 last year. Kowalczyk was responsible for hiring basketball coach Tim Miles in 2007 and overseeing the addition of a new athletic facility which opened in 2009. However, Kowalczyk’s fired longtime football coach Sonny Lubick after the 2007 season and replaced him with Steve Fairchild. CSU has lost their last seven games and have not won any more than three games in a season since 2008.
Lubick failed to take CSU to a bowl game in his final two years.
With just one year left on his contract and a new AD, though, Fairchild’s future could be sealed within a year if he doesn’t show a dramatic turnaround in 2012.