FORT COLLINS — Second-year Colorado State coach Steve Addazio on Wednesday seconded what his boss, athletic director Joe Parker, told The Post last weekend about football realignment.
The Rams are all in about a potential move to a Power 5 conference — particularly the Big 12, which is losing Oklahoma and Texas to the Southeastern Conference by 2025.
“This is a very pivotal time in college football and it could probably be very pivotal for us,” Addazio said during his media day news conference. “So there’s a lot going on right now. This is no time to stick your head in the sand.
“This is a time to be as proactive as you can, both as a conference and as an institution, and if you don’t, you snooze you lose.”
Addazio then leaned into one more cliche.
“When the music stops you got to make sure you got the right seat,” he said.
The Big 12 hasn’t had a Colorado member since the CU Buffaloes left it for the Pac 12 in 2010. Colorado State campaigned to join the Big 12 in 2016 when it announced potential expansion.
The Rams appear to again have heavy interest in the Big 12 as the conference might look to replace Oklahoma and Texas and keep it at 10 member schools. The Big 12 might also merge with another Power 5 conference, such as the Pac 12.
“I pay close attention to it. I’m a college football fan. I’m a college football guy,” Addazio said of the domino effect of Oklahoma and Texas leaving the Big 12. “I represent Colorado State University and, obviously, we want to be the best we can get be and be in the best position we can be. I think everybody should have their eyes on what’s going on there. That doesn’t mean we’re not focused on what we’re doing today, getting ready for the season. But to tell you that I don’t follow that real close — I follow it real close.”
And so do his bosses.
“Been extremely attentive,” Addazio said of CSU’s administration. “There’s been a lot of conversation and (we’re) very, very much in tune to what’s going on here. Before I got here, Dr. (Tony) Frank was a guy that had a great vision and a great plan, and that’s evident by the facility we’re in, and I feel like there is an alignment from the chancellor down all the way to the athletic department, that these are important times for Colorado State and a great deal of attention and focus is being put in the right direction.”
CSU defensive lineman Scott Patchan, a graduate student from the University of Miami, where he played 30 games over five years for the Hurricanes, lives with four teammates who each also transferred in from a Power 5 conference.
“We know what it’s like and we talk about it every day,” Patchan said. “We got the makings of a good team for sure. Now we just need to go out there and continue to grow and definitely work towards that Mountain West championship.”
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