Graham said no.
Admittedly "grumpy" because of the Rams' football struggles, Graham told Kowalczyk that sort of project, while worthwhile, was relatively insignificant. He argued that building a new on-campus stadium would be a bold difference maker.
Kowalczyk told Graham to run that proposal by CSU president Tony Frank. Graham did, asking to be allowed to lead a fundraising drive for the project. After pondering, Frank was so impressed with the idea, plus Graham's energy and vision, that the university president fired Kowalczyk - who was owed $830,000 on a contract that ran until June 2015 - and installed Graham as the athletic director.
The wheels were in motion to explore the viability of an on-campus replacement for the school's off-campus Hughes Stadium, which seats 32,500 and opened for the first time in 1968.
On Monday, Frank will issue an announcement recommending to the CSU system's board of governors a conditional green-lighting of the controversial on-campus stadium project.
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