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Colorado State vs. Utah State Canceled

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The Saturday night game between Colorado State and Utah State was canceled.

The Mountain West Conference has deemed it a “no-contest,” but an official decision is expected to come later.

This stems from the Utah State players threatening to boycott this game based on comments made by the school’s president Noelle Cockett. These comments were in reference to interim head coach Frank Maile as the school was searching for a permanent head coaching replacement.

The players believed that there was religious discrimination that took place during the search, and it kept Maile from ultimately getting the job. Maile is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and the players felt that it kept him from getting the job.

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Members of the team met with athletic director John Hartwell and president Cockett early in the week and lobbied for Maile to get the permanent head coaching job. It was during that teleconference that his religious background was questioned, and it immediately made the players bond together and choose to sit this game out.

President Cockett responded with a statement saying that her concerns were taken out of context, but the decision from the players had already been made up. Colorado State was notified of this decision on Friday night, leaving the Rams without an opponent this weekend.

Maile took over the coaching job after Gary Anderson was fired when the team got off to an 0-3 start. Utah State has won just one game during his tenure, but he earned the support of the players.

Blake Anderson was ultimately hired as head coach of Utah State and will take over the team next season.

Tough Season For Rams

The Colorado State football team is not expected to return to the field again this season unless the Mountain West Conference makes a schedule change. This would mean that the Rams would get just four total games in 2020 in what has to be considered a disappointing season.

Colorado State was set to enter Saturday night’s game with a 1-3 record, but this was a game that they could have won. After the cancellation, it appears that the season is over, and the Rams will finish with just one victory.

There were originally eight games on the schedule for Colorado State, but four of those contests were canceled. Games against Air Force, New Mexico, and UNLV were all canceled due to COVID-19, which has been a trend throughout the sport of college football.

Head coach Steve Adazzio expressed frustration with the lack of schedule flexibility earlier this week and was hoping to get another game this season. Next weekend is conference championship weekend across the sport, and there is a chance that the Rams would be able to find an opponent.

The lone win this season came on Nov. 5 in a 34-24 victory over Wyoming. Last weekend, Colorado State suffered a 29-17 loss to the San Diego State Aztecs in what could be its season finale.

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