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COACH AND PROGRAM
Sonny Lubick is Colorado State football. In Fort Collins they use words like great and legend to describe the 15-year head coach, and justifiably so. Before his arrival, success and Rams football were words rarely included in the same sentence.
CSU won 47 games in the 11 seasons before Lubick took over in 1993. After going 5-6 in his first season, Lubick led the Rams on the greatest run in program history. From 1994 to 2003, CSU won six conference titles, went to nine bowl games and Lubick established himself as an institution.
His on-field success doesn't even begin to include what he has meant to the university in terms of fund raising and raising the university's profile.
But the last few years haven't been as kind to Lubick -- one of just nine coaches to have won at least 100 games at their current institution -- and the Rams. In 2004 CSU went 4-7, and the 2005 squad went to a bowl game but was trounced by Navy and finished 6-6. But no one saw last year's collapse coming.