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Coach complains of change made to accomodate TV

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.