Joe Parker’s stay in Fort Collins has just been extended.
Colorado State’s athletic director has signed a five-year, $2.196 million extension to remain as the school’s head athletic director through 2027, CSU interim president Rick Miranda announced Thursday morning.
The decision to renew Parker comes as CSU has been without a permanent president since Joyce McConnell and the school board. The decision to separate” in June.
Talk of an extension began last fall and picked up again in March, according to Parker.
You know, there was interest from Joyce and from organizational leadership to extend and expand our recruitment. And it was great to see them make that commitment,” Parker said in a phone interview with The Post.
I appreciate Joyce’s leadership and fulfillment. And we signed it—I think it was the first week of June. “So it was nice to be, you know, extended and recognized and asked to continue to serve.”
Parker will soon begin her eighth season in the CSU athletic department in 2022-23 — a tenure marked by 21 Mountain West championships, including a conference best-15 finish for the women’s program and academic excellence — but also Numerous allegations of abuse have been made. Against former employees
The extension begins in January and will pay him $439,192 annually over the duration of the contract, the school provided to The Post. The university can buy out his contract at any time in 2023 for $1 million, with the buyout increasing to $750,000 in 2024, $500,000 in 2025, $250,000 in 2026 and $150,000 in 2027. The dollar falls.
“I love what I do and feel there is so much we can accomplish here at Colorado State and feel privileged to be a part of the institution and asked to serve students in this capacity,” Parker said. we do.”
“… there is (new leadership) and that can obviously cause concern and anxiety for anyone. So, I am happy to know that I have been confirmed and I want to serve another five years.”
Colorado State finds itself at an uncertain time in the college sports world with Athletes are now allowed to profit from their name, image and likenessAnd A conference reset that shakes up the landscape.
Rams have not hidden anything Desire to climb the conference ladderwith the construction of Canvas Stadium, for $220 million, near the top of their field.
However, while CSU has won two Mountain West Conference titles under Parker AD, none of them have come in football or men’s basketball.
the second It ended a nine-year NCAA tournament drought last March As part of a 25-6 season, Emma Ollie has gone through two coaching changes in the past three years. Steve Addazio’s first hire in December 2019 followed a search in which Addazio’s former boss, Urban Meyer, served as a consultant. The second came that CSU hired Jay Norwell last December Addazio’s replacement after back-to-back losses (4-12 overall) led to his firing and a $3 million buyout.
In addition to head-scratching losses, Addazio’s short tenure as CSU football coach It was accused of violating the protocol of the corona virus, as well as the insulting and racist behavior of the employees.
Kansas City law firm Husch Blackwell investigated the allegations, which came from mostly anonymous sources in stories from ESPN and the Fort Collins Coloradoan, and released a report that largely exonerated Addazio of many of the charges.
That wasn’t the only controversy during Parker’s time as athletics president.
Larry Ostaki’s six years as the Rams men’s basketball coach also included allegations of abuse toward players and staff that culminated. His resignation in February 2018. As part of the agreement with the school, Eustachy was paid $750,000 in three installments and replaced by current coach Nico Medved, who posted three straight 20-win seasons and led the Rams to the NCAA tournament last year.
There have also been many success stories under Parker’s watch.
Chief among them has been the academic performance of CSU athletes, which in the most recent report included the highest four-class average graduation rate in the Mountain West. The graduation rate of 87 percent, the highest in the program’s history since these numbers were reported in 1998, was 17 percent higher than the general student body.
Parker also helped secure a $37.7 million contract with Canvas Credit Union for the school’s new on-campus football stadium. Inside Canvas Stadium, an anonymous donation of $20 million resulted in the field being named after former coach Sonny Lubick, while New Belgium Brewing donated another $4.3 million to name the new Belgium Conservatory.
Additionally, numerous facility improvements have been completed or begun under his watch, including a $7 million renovation of Moby Arena’s locker room and athlete health center.
Post reporter Sean Keeler contributed to this story.