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    [h=2]Colorado Daily – Colorado State[/h]–
    A little something to get you going … CU Video’s highlights from the 2013 Rocky Mountain Showdown …



    August 24th
    Garrett Grayson trying to become just the*third quarterback in 121 years to defeat Colorado twice
    From the Coloradoan … Bradlee Van Pelt couldn’t do it.
    Neither could Kelly Stouffer, Moses Moreno or Caleb Hanie, who along with Van Pelt were some of the most successful quarterbacks to play at CSU.
    Throughout the 121-year history of Colorado State University football, only two quarterbacks have been able to beat the University of Colorado twice: Matt Newton in 1999 and 2000 and Alexander “Sandy” Hutton way back in 1915 and ’16. While a rare achievement for a Ram QB, there have been plenty of Buffaloes who have accomplished: the feat, including Joel Klatt, Cody Hawkins, Tyler Hansen, Koy Detmer — the list goes on.
    “Frustrating” was the best way a handful of former CSU quarterbacks who failed to beat the Buffs twice could describe the experience. It’s all the more reason they’re cheering for Garrett Grayson to become the third quarterback to win two against CU in Friday’s Rocky Mountain Showdown at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver.
    “It would be great to be mentioned with those guys; we’ve had so many great quarterbacks come through here. I honestly didn’t know (only two had done it), but it would be a huge honor,” Grayson said. “Hopefully I can make it happen. It would be a blessing and I’d be more than happy to be part of their company.
    Not only is it a rivarly game, but there are other factors that make it difficult to play your best game, Grayson said.
    “It’s the first game of the year and everyone has a lot going on — those first-game jitters — you don’t really have much film because you’re going off of last year. … There’s a lot that goes into a first game and (not having film to scout), I’m sure, is a big part of it.”
    Newton and Moreno agreed not having an updated look at an opponent makes preparation more difficult heading into a season opener, but it’s no more of a disadvantage than what CU faces on an annual basis. For whatever reason, former quarterbacks said, they struggle with pulling out wins against CU, even during some of the best seasons in program history, like 1997′s 31-21 loss in Boulder.
    Multi-year QBs vs. CU since 1983
    QuarterbackYearsRecord
    Garrett Grayson2012-Present1-1
    Pete Thomas2010-110-2
    Caleb Hanie2006-071-1
    Justin Holland2004-050-2
    Bradlee Van Pelt2001-03*1-1
    Matt Newton1999-20002-0
    Moses Moreno1995-97*0-2
    Scooter Molander1987-880-2
    Kelly Stouffer1985-861-1

    *—Played in 1995 or 2001 game, but didn’t start.
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    August 19th
    Sales of tickets for Rocky Mountain Showdown continue to decline
    From the Daily Camera … The Rocky Mountain Showdown between Colorado and Colorado State at Sports Authority Field next week is producing lackluster ticket sales once again even with the Rams coming off an eight-win season and bowl victory.
    The Buffs and Rams will kick off their season at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 29. This will be the 14th game in the series played in Denver.
    CSU director of media relations Paul Kirk said the Rams have sold approximately 15,000 tickets as of the Tuesday morning. He said the program is hoping for a surge in student ticket sales in coming days as students return to school.
    Colorado reported last week it had sold 21,800 tickets. It expects to be north of 30,000 in ticket sales by game day because student ticket sales are not yet factored into its report. CU generally sells 8,000 or more tickets to students for the game, sports information director Dave Plati said.
    The Denver Broncos retain rights to sell a portion of the total tickets to the game and the franchise generally sells between 3,500 and 5,000 seats to the game. The Broncos moved 3,430 tickets last year.
    Colorado routinely attracts a higher percentage of the fans attending the game. Last year, CU sold 32,779 tickets compared with CSU moving 23,392. In 2012, the Buffs sold 35,406 and CSU sold 18,169.
    The programs haven’t attracted 60,000 fans to the game since 2010. The 2011 crowd of 57,186 was the smallest of the games played in Denver. The teams attracted 58,607 in 2012 and 59,601 last year.
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    August 8th
    CSU fires athletic director three weeks before the start of the football season …
    From the Coloradoan … Jack Graham, the man behind the plan to build an on-campus stadium at CSU, has been fired as the school’s athletic director, university President Tony Frank announced Friday.
    “While I am grateful to Jack for the energy he’s brought to CSU in establishing a culture that expects excellence within Ram athletics and his actions in hiring great coaches and staff, there have come to exist some substantial differences in our views,” Frank said in a news release. “Based on our differences, I have chosen to exercise the termination for convenience clause within Jack’s contract to allow the university and the athletic department to move forward building on the successes that Jack brought to our program.”
    Graham, 61, will continue to receive his salary and benefits for 90 days under terms of the “termination for convenience clause” in his contract, Colorado State University spokesman Mike Hooker said. He will continue to receive his annual salary of $260,000 in monthly payments, minus any money he might earn through subsequent employment, through the end of his contract, which runs through November 2016. Hooker said those payments will come from private funds.
    Graham, a former CSU quarterback, was hired by Frank on Dec. 1, 2011, and was responsible for the hiring of new head coaches in three of the Rams’ four revenue sports and nine head coaches in all. He brought in Jim McElwain to coach the football program, Larry Eustachy to run the men’s basketball program and Ryun Williams to guide the women’s basketball program. He also dropped the school’s women’s water polo program and replaced it with a women’s soccer team.
    Graham first pitched the idea of replacing aging Hughes Stadium with an on-campus facility to Frank in the fall of 2011. Frank cited that kind of bold thinking, along with Graham’s business background and ties to CSU as an alum and former athlete, in selecting him as the school’s athletic director.
    A two-year deadline to raise at least half of the money needed for construction of the $220 million athletics portion of the proposed $254 million stadium in private donations before moving forward on the project is coming up in October, and Frank said he will give the university’s Board of Governors an updated report on the stadium at its October meeting, and will discuss the leadership change as part of that presentation.
    “This decision is in no way connected to the on-campus stadium project,” Frank said in an email to Ram Club members, donors to the school’s athletic department and season-ticket holders. “The stadium project is separate from this personnel action and will continue to move forward as planned, with me providing a recommendation to the Board of Governors in October.”





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