Lubick won't say whether he'll return for 16th season

Updated: November 24, 2007, 1:28 PM ET
Associated Press

DENVER -- Colorado State coach Sonny Lubick said Saturday that a decision on whether he will stay on for a 16th season is likely in the next couple days.

Lubick, a popular coach who rarely seemed to lose his temper, spoke on his show on KUSA-TV.

"Obviously we have had two seasons in a row that we would not like to have and the university would not like to have. I think something will be resolved one way or another within about two or three days. From my standpoint there are no regrets about anything. I love these players," he said.

Much attention has been focused on the Rams' struggles of late, including a 13-game losing streak that only ended on Oct. 20 with a 48-23 win over UNLV.

But under Lubick, once a contender for the coaching job at perennial powerhouse Miami where he had been defensive coordinator for national championship teams, the Rams won or shared six conference titles since 1994, the best in the Mountain West Conference. The Fort Collins team was in the Western Athletic Conference before 1999. The team also went to nine bowl games.

Lubick was asked what would hurt most if he does leave.

"There are so many great experiences that Colorado State has given me," he said. "An opportunity. If it is the end it is. But it all comes down to the players. I will remember a game or two that we won, but it will be the players."

Lubick said he is not privy to those on the business side who will make the decision. There has been no outcry from the alumni to get rid of him, which often precedes the firing of coaches.

"We have to hold our heads high and do what is right for Colorado State University," he said.

Running back Gartrell Johnson is hoping he stays.

"I'm interested in what Sonny does because I came here because I'm from Miami where he coached all those great defensive Hurricane teams," Johnson said. "Everyone was looking for an announcement, but he really didn't say anything to let us know."


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