CSU football investigation cost Rams $107,397.50 after “discount,” invoice says


An investigation into CSU athletics and the behavior of new football coach Steve Addazio will set the Rams back roughly $107,000, according to records provided to The Post by the university.

In an invoice dated Nov. 30, CSU was charged $113,050 by the Kansas City law firm of Husch Blackwell for 304.6 billable hours during the firm’s investigation into allegations of COVID-19 protocol violations and accusations of abusive and racist behavior within the football program.

That puts the rate on this case at $371.14 per hour for services rendered. The invoice also notes Husch Blackwell giving CSU a 5% discount, bringing the final total to $107,397.50.

A university spokesman told The Post that the discount was included because the Rams are paying the firm “before the end of the year.”

Husch Blackwell had been hired by university president Joyce McConnell on Aug. 6 after reports published by The Fort Collins Coloradoan in which on-record and off-record sources within the athletic department accused Addazio and his staff of willfully bypassing coronavirus protocols. Further Coloradoan stories alleged Addazio of abusive behavior and depicted a climate within CSU athletics and CSU football that was insensitive to issues involving race.

The investigation was completed in early October, in tandem with the resumption of the Rams’ COVID-delayed and COVID-interrupted football season.

The results of the investigation proved inconclusive, with witnesses refuting the published accusations against Addazio and his assistants, or suggesting a different interpretation of exchanges between various staff and students and football staff and non-football staff.


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