Colorado State football coach Lubick expected to retire

Nov 27, 2007 - 6:47 PM FORT COLLINS, Colorado (Ticker) -- Long-time Colorado State football coach Sonny Lubick is expected to announce his retirement Tuesday during a news conference at the school.

According to a recent report in the Denver Post, Lubick, the winningest coach in Colorado State history, has been negotiating a buyout with the school.

Colorado State president Larry Penley said Monday that Lubick will have a role at the school for as long as he wants. He has two years remaining on a contract extension he signed in 2006.

"It is my clear understanding that this university will do right by Sonny Lubick in any negotiations about his future with this institution," Penley said.

Hired in 1993, Lubick has guided the Rams to a 108-74 record and nine bowl appearances in 15 seasons.

"Sonny Lubick epitomizes what intercollegiate athletics should be about," Colorado State athletic director Paul Kowalczyk said. "He is a man of integrity, honesty, character and loyalty."

However, the program has struggled in recent years, and the Rams completed a 3-9 season even with Friday's 36-28 victory over Wyoming. It was Colorado State's fourth straight non-winning campaign.

Kowalczyk said he has offered Lubick a position as senior associate athletic director, focused on fundraising and serving as a goodwill ambassador for the school.

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