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Colorado State interim head basketball coach Steve Barnes was suspended by the school prior to Saturday’s game against San Jose State.

Per ESPN.com, Colorado State athletic director Joe Parker announced Barnes would be put on paid administrative leave while the school continues to assess the state of its program amid controversy around Larry Eustachy.

Parker announced last week Eustachy was asked to step away from the program as the school investigated his conduct toward players, coaches and members of the Colorado State staff.

Former Rocky Mountain Collegian sports editor Justin Michael reported on Jan. 31 that Eustachy was being investigated for the second time stemming from his behavior directed at people associated with Colorado State.

Per Matt L. Stephens and Kelly Lyell of the Coloradoan, a Colorado State investigation conducted during the 2013-14 academic year revealed Eustachy “created a culture of fear and intimidation and emotionally abused his players.”

Stephens also reported Eustachy’s contract with the school will be terminated once the two sides meet and presumably negotiate a separation package.

Eustachy, 62, has been with the Rams since the 2012-13 season. He has a 121-76 record in six seasons and one NCAA tournament appearance in his first season.

Colorado State was coached by Jase Herl during Saturday’s 90-79 win over San Jose State.

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