First it started to look like New Mexico Lobos assistant Craig Neal was to be the guy, then former Oregon Ducks head coach Ernie Kent but that was vetoed from higher ups within the Colorado State administration even though a contract was agreed upon and finally they settled on Southern Miss. Golden Eagles coach Larry Eustachy.
However, the Kent situation is odd since the Examiner's Rich Kurtzman spoke with a Colorado State official who said that there was no agreement on a contract nor was Kent getting a veto from anyone within the Colorado State's administration.
So this was a unique situation.
As for who Colorado State hired, they get this guy:
Eustachy is wildly known for partying with co-eds while he was a successful coach with the Iowa St. Cyclones before he was fired for going to frat parties. After being let go by Iowa State, Eustachy took a year off and was hired by Southern Miss and has been there since 2004 and compiled a record of 142-113 and in his overall career which also includes a five-year stretch with the Utah State Aggies and a three-year run as the Idaho Vandals head coach so he has a career coaching record of 402-258.
So, he has had success at each stop he has been at and more importantly stayed out of trouble while at Southern Miss. Going by his coaching record it is a good hire, but I am a little skeptical because Neal would have been a good choice since he is a great offensive coach and key recruiter for New Mexico.
Looks like Colorado State went after a proven head coach.