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Former Saluki AD fired by Colorado State

Colorado State University President Tony Frank has fired athletic director Paul Kowalczyk and replaced him with former Rams quarterback John C. "Jack" Graham.

Graham, who played for CSU from 1973-74, will evaluate all athletic programs and meet with donors and supporters.

Graham graduated from CSU in 1975 with a degree in history and went on to become an international businessman.

Kowalczyk's departure after six years in charge of the Rams athletic department comes as a surprise. Just last year he signed a five-year contract extension through 2015. 

Since his arrival in Fort Collins in 2006, Kowalczyk was instrumental in the upgrades of the Rams' training facilities, but the affable athletic director had a hit-and-miss record with coaching moves.

Prior to taking over at Colorado State Kowalczyk was the Athletic Director at Southern Illinois from 2000-2006.

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