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New CSU AD Jack Graham Envisions An On Campus Stadium

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There were hints in Tony Frank's address to the students, faculty and staff at Colorado State University last week about the possibility of an on campus stadium. Now it has become public knowledge that Colorado State intends to pursue the matter in earnest:

"I have a strong preference that this is more than just a football stadium," Graham said Monday. "That it's a gathering place and a social experience and, even when football games aren't being played, that students can be at the stadium on plazas looking into the field and having a cup of coffee and studying some really nice landscaping.

"It's not just a steel box of a place, but it's actually an enhancement to the footprint and the architecture of the university. It should not be a detraction; it should very much be an enhancement."

The new Athletic director would like to find private investors to fund a $100 million stadium on the current footprint of the CSU campus, which would integrate the view of the foot hills behind Fort Collins and accent the the other upgrades currently underway. In one week, Colorado State University has gone from the position of having a stadium that is approximately 3 miles off campus with an AD, who contemplated keeping Steve Fairchild and his winless ways, to a new AD with conviction and a grand vision for the campus and the athletic programs. In this time period, the mood on campus has gone from one of utter dismay and lack of interest, to a big announcement every other day, that has generated a buzz around campus.

The CSU students are actually talking about the CSU football team. They are discussing Graham and his policies in lines at the food court in the student center. Paul Kowalczyk was a nice guy, who did a decent job, but CSU has not seen anything of this magnitude, which has people excited for the first time since Lubick had CSU in the top 25 on a regular basis. The next steps, if you believe the buzz, are to get rid of the current football uniforms in favor of something a bit more solid (as mentioned on Ramifications website) and to get a coach worth getting behind. Graham has hired a firm to look into getting a big name coach, who will help fill Hughes Stadium until the new one is built. The recruiters are already out amongst the prospects and they can now tell them about the possibility of playing in a new, on campus stadium.

What more does this new AD have up his sleeve for this week?

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