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             === Colorado State fires football coach Fairchild ===
 Fort  Collins, CO  (Sports Network) - Colorado State head football coach Steve
 Fairchild has been fired, new athletic director Jack Graham announced Sunday.
 A national search for Fairchild's successor is underway.
 Secondary  coach Tim  Duffie has been named transitional coach and will direct
 football staff and players and manage recruiting efforts in the meantime.
 Fairchild  compiled  a 16-33 record  in four seasons  at the helm for Colorado
 State. The Rams closed this season with eight consecutive losses to finish 3-9
 for the third straight year.
 "With  approximately  19 starters returning for  the 2012 season, I regret not
 having  the opportunity to see the process through," said Fairchild. "However,
 I  realize that college  football is a bottom-line business, and I knew when I
 was hired that I would be ultimately judged by wins and losses."
 Fairchild,  a former CSU quarterback, will receive his base salary of $350,000
 through  the end of  2012. The funding will come from private funds, not state
 "I  appreciate  all that Steve  has done  for Colorado State University," said
 Graham,  who  replaced  Paul  Kowalczyk  on Thursday.  "As  a  former  player,
 graduate,  assistant  and head coach,  Steve took  great pride in our football
 program and university. He will always be a valued member of the Ram family."
 12/04 20:40:32 ET