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Rams fire coach Layer with year remaining on contract

Updated: March 12, 2007, 10:46 PM ET
Associated Press

FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- Colorado State, once a regional basketball powerhouse, fired head coach Dale Layer on Monday after failing to qualify for the NCAA Tournament for the fourth straight year.

Layer, who had a 103-106 record over seven years, had a year left on his contract, which the school said it would honor.

Athletic director Paul Kowalczyk said it was "time to move in a different direction." He said the poor performance of the team had cost it fan support.

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