Source: Bills offensive coordinator to be CSU head coach

Updated: December 12, 2007, 12:30 PM ET
Associated Press

DENVER -- Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Steve Fairchild has been hired to replace Sonny Lubick as Colorado State's football coach, The Associated Press has learned.

A university source confirmed Fairchild's hiring Wednesday but spoke the condition of anonymity because the announcement hadn't been made. The school in Fort Collins planned an announcement later in the day.

Fairchild, a former Colorado State quarterback, will replace Lubick, who was fired after 15 years on the job.

Lubick was asked by athletic director Paul Kowalczyk to step down a few days before the Rams' season-ending win over Wyoming Nov. 23. But Lubick refused to step aside because he did not want to quit on his team, which finished 3-9 this season. Lubick wanted a chance to turn it back around.

Kowalczyk extended an olive branch to Lubick, attempting to bring him back as a fundraiser and goodwill ambassador. Lubick isn't sure what he wants to do yet.

Fairchild was Colorado State's quarterbacks coach from 1993-96 before taking over as the Rams' offensive coordinator for four seasons. He bolted for Buffalo in 2001 to serve as the Bills' running backs coach for two seasons.

Fairchild was the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach for the St. Louis Rams from 2003-05 before returning to Buffalo last season to serve as the Bills' offensive coordinator.

Fairchild, a native of Decatur, Ill., was a second-team all-Western Athletic Conference selection as a quarterback for Colorado State.

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