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Colorado State Says Firing Of AD Graham Unrelated To Failing Drive For Stadium Funds
Published August 11, 2014
BLOW TO STADIUM PROJECT? The COLORADOAN's Lyell noted Graham's firing could "be a blow" to the stadium project. Graham is the one who "first pitched the idea" to Frank in '11 and received approval based on the understanding that at least $125M -- half of the estimated construction costs at the time -- "had to be raised through private donations before ground could be broken." Frank insisted that the firing was "unrelated to the stadium project" (Ft. Collins COLORADOAN, 8/10). Frank said that it had "become clear" that he and Graham "had irreconcilable differences of opinion about the direction of the department" (DENVER POST, 8/9). In Colorado, Miles Blumhardt wrote Graham's firing "sent shock waves" through the stadium project. Blumhardt wrote of Frank, "Fort Collins is an affluent community. Just say it like it is. You finally figured out that CSU completely botched selling the community on the project, and anti-stadium proponents effectively derailed the project. ... Making music with Graham wasn't working, and you decided to save your reputation and let Jack go because Jack wasn't giving up his dream" (Ft. Collins COLORADOAN, 8/10).