Colorado State football coach Steve Addazio is eager to schedule additional opponents this season after coronavirus canceled three games — however unlikely that is to actually happen.
Addazio’s argument in the week leading up to Senior Night in Fort Collins: What is the harm in playing another regional foe (think Air Force or CU), with continued COVID-19 precautions in place, to give all student athletes involved the best opportunity to compete and develop?
On Wednesday, a CSU team spokesman told The Denver Post that the school “is open to any opportunities that give our team a chance to compete beyond this weekend” when it hosts Utah State on Saturday night. But the Mountain West did not immediately respond Wednesday for clarification on whether the Rams will be given such an opportunity next week.
While the NCAA waived all win requirements for bowl eligibility this year, CSU (1-3) is not expected to earn an invitation. And unlike other conferences, including the Pac-12, there is no stated plan to schedule additional games next weekend.
So, it appears the Rams will be done for the season after Saturday’s game.
“I think it’s preposterous, personally,” Addazio told reporters Wednesday on a video conference call, lamenting the lack of schedule flexibility in a shortened season. “You guys have heard me say it. I want to play. That’s me. Do I speak for everybody? No, I can’t speak for everybody.”
Addazio was animated in his frustration for how this season has played out for the Rams.
“I’m not sure that the conference is going to be behind any more conference games,” Addazio said. “I’m guessing there are a lot of budgetary reasons for that, which kind of aggravates me. Because we flew to places and had home games canceled and I don’t understand that. And I don’t understand why we didn’t play to begin with. … I don’t understand why teams that were supposed to come here wouldn’t want to come here. Maybe they do, I don’t know.”
Addazio, 61, will reach the one-year mark since accepting the CSU head coaching job on Friday. The milestone feels different in a college football season unlike any other.
“There are times I could tell you that it feels like yesterday I got here, and there are times where you say to yourself, ‘Wow, was that a lot,’” Addazio said. “I’ve been on both ends of that spectrum I guess.”
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