Dec 4, 2011 11:38 PM by Jordan Mason
Colorado State football coach Steve Fairchild has been fired after three straight 3-9 seasons.
New athletic director Jack Graham announced his decision Sunday, a day after the Rams lost their eighth straight game, 22-19 to Wyoming.
He said a national search for a replacement would begin immediately.
Secondary coach Tim Duffie was named "transitional coach" in charge of directing the football staff and players. He will lead the Rams' recruiting efforts until a new coach is hired.
Fairchild will be paid his base salary of $350,000 for next season, which was the last year of his five-year contract. That money will come from private funds, not state money, the school said.
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