Despite departure of Lubick, DeLine committed to Colorado State


— Much like Sonny Lubick said at his Tuesday press conference after being forced out as head coach of the Colorado State University football team, Ben DeLine will be a Ram until the end of time.

DeLine - who verbally committed to play football for Lubick and the Rams in July - said Wednesday that despite Lubick's departure, he couldn't see himself playing college football for any other team.

"I've always wanted to play at CSU," DeLine said. "I can't think of anything that would not make me want to play there. I just wish I was playing under Coach Lubick. It's too bad that he's going.

"I wish I was playing for him, but it doesn't change my views on the school or the new coaches."

Lubick's relationship with the DeLines runs deep. Ben's father, Steve, played for Colorado State in the 1980s and was on the team when Lubick first coached in Fort Collins as an assistant.

In the mid-1990s, when Lubick was garnering interest from several powerhouse schools around nation - specifically Southern California and Miami, Steve was a part of a donor group that put money together to try to get Lubick to stay.

In classic Lubick style, Steve said after Lubick decided to stay he took the money and divvied it up among his assistants.

"He's an amazing person. He's irreplaceable," Steve DeLine said. "But once a Ram, always a Ram. (Fort Collins) has been a special place for our family."

While the search for a new coach has already begun, both DeLine men said college football is losing one of the good guys.

"We're of course heartbroken, but we support Sonny 100 percent," Steve said. "Our days with Sonny aren't done."

Ben will be a third-generation CSU Ram.

Steve met his wife, Karen, at Colorado State during their freshmen year, and Ben's grandfather and great-uncle also attended school in Fort Collins.

DeLine holds the Steamboat Springs field goal record of 51 yards. He was named first team all-league and all-state during his junior year.


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