Coach complains of change made to accomodate TV

Updated: May 24, 2005, 7:35 PM ET
Associated Press

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The Mountain West Conference on Tuesday reprimanded Colorado State football coach Sonny Lubick for comments he made in reaction to the conference's decision to change the date of the Rams' game against Air Force in the upcoming season.

"Concerns and criticisms must be expressed through internal channels, not via the public or media," MWC Commissioner Craig Thompson said.

Last week, the conference and ESPN announced Air Force would play at CSU on Sept. 29. The game originally was set for Oct. 1 but was shifted to accommodate ESPN's national broadcast schedule.

The Rams have a game the previous Saturday, but Air Force will not have played since the previous Thursday, giving the Falcons two more days to prepare.

"If you follow college football, you know that this is unfair," Lubick told the Coloradoan newspaper in Fort Collins last week. "It just doesn't seem like this is right. I don't think any other league would do this to two of its teams."

CSU athletics director Mark Driscoll said he did not have more to add.

"I've talked to Sonny about it, we had our conversation and we're moving on," he said in a phone interview.

Under the conference's sportsmanship policy, further violations could bring another reprimand and a two-game suspension each.

Lubick's teams are 8-4 against Air Force. Last season, the Falcons won the contest, 47-17.

The game will be CSU's 14th appearance on a prime-time ESPN or ESPN2 broadcast since 1998.

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