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The Colorado State Rams are the athletic teams that represent Colorado State University (CSU). Colorado State’s athletic groups compete together with 8 other institutions in the Mountain West Conference, which is an NCAA Division I conference and sponsors Division I FBS football. The Conference was formed in 1999, splitting from the former 16-member Western Athletic Conference. CSU has won 9 MWC competition championships and won or shared 11 regular season titles. Rams football teams won or shared the Mountain West title in 1999, 2000 and 2002.
Hughes Stadium (capacity: 34,000) was the home of Rams football from 1968 through 2016. The field at Hughes Stadium, named “Sonny Lubick Field” after the Rams’ coach, underwent a $15.2 million remodelling for the fall 2005 season. Hughes Stadium will be replaced for the 2017 season by the brand-new Colorado State Stadium (capability 41,000), whose playing field will also bear Lubick’s name. Moby Arena (capability: 9,000) originally constructed in 1966 and renovated in 1996, is the home of the men’s and females’s basketball groups, as well as the CSU Rams volleyball team.
The official school colors are green and gold. The CSU fight song and Fum’s tune are 2 popular school tunes.
Colorado State has 3 significant rivalries. The Rams’ football team plays the University of Colorado, typically at Invesco Field at Mile High in Denver, in a game called the “Rocky Mountain Showdown.” Within the Mountain West, Colorado State has a big rivalry with Air Force. The winner of the CSU-Air Force football game gets the Ram-Falcon Trophy. Colorado State also has a conference competition with Wyoming (the Border War), with the winner of the yearly football game receiving the Bronze Boot. Played since 1899, the CSU-Wyoming competition is the second oldest interstate rivalry west of the Mississippi, behind only the “Border Showdown” (previously “Border War”) of Missouri and Kansas and just ahead of the “Red River Rivalry” (formerly “Red River Shootout”) of Texas and Oklahoma played since 1900.
Before 1957, Colorado State University was described as Colorado Agriculture and Mechanical College or “Colorado A&M”, and athletic groups were described as “Aggies”. In 1924, an “A” was whitewashed onto the western hillside of Fort Collins in support of the Aggies. The hillside where the “A” is painted is straight adjacent to Hughes Stadium and below Horsetooth Rock.
Colorado State football goes back 115 seasons, and experienced its most successful run under head coach Sonny Lubick. Since Sonny Lubick took control over the Rams as head coach in 1992, the Rams have made nine bowl appearances. CSU had only 2 previous bowl appearances. Lubick won almost 75% of home games in the stadium that would later bear his name, leading the team to six conference titles and an overall record of 108– 74. CSU was consistently a leading 25 competitor from 1994– 2002, with a 79– 32 record throughout that period and 3 top 25 surfaces. Lubick, conference coach of the year four times, coached former Denver Broncos Cecil Sapp and Erik Pears, and all-pro NFL linebacker Joey Porter.
On November 27, 2007, following substantial drops in participation and a 17– 30 record over the past 4 seasons, including 3– 9 in 2007, CSU made the challenging and questionable decision to ease Lubick of his head coaching duties. The school hired Buffalo Bills offensive organizer Steve Fairchild to take the helm. Fairchild was a Rams quarterback from 1978– 80, and served under Lubick as quarterback’s coach and later on as offensive planner from 1993– 2000. After going 7– 6 in his first season and leading CSU to a win in the New Mexico Bowl over Fresno State in 2008, Fairchild’s Rams fell back to mediocrity. The Rams would finish each of the next three seasons 3– 9. On December 4, 2011, just one day after losing the season finale to Wyoming 22– 19, Fairchild was fired.
On December 13, 2011, Colorado State employed Alabama offensive organizer Jim McElwain to take over as head coach. McElwain stayed with the Crimson Tide through the remainder of the bowl season prior to taking control of at CSU, and won a second national championship with Alabama when they beat LSU 21-0 in the BCS Championship Game on January 9, 2012. McElwain’s tenure at CSU began on a high note. In his first game the Rams beat rival Colorado 22-17 on September 1, 2012. The Rams finished 4– 8 in McElwain’s first season and improved to 8– 6 in 2013. After leading the Rams to their best season since 2003, with a record of 10– 2, McElwain won the 2014 Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year honors. Just a couple days after that statement in early December 2014, McElwain accepted the position of head coach at the University of Florida, making him the first football coach in CSU history to leave the team for another program.