The Fort Collins Coloradoan reports that Colorado State University President Tony Frank terminated Athletic Director Jack Graham on Friday, citing "substantial differences in our views."

In an e-mail sent to staff, and provided to The Coloradoan, Tony Frank stated "I have elected to terminate Jack Graham's employment as athletic director. While I am grateful to Jack for the energy he's brought to CSU in establishing a culture that expects excellence within Ram Athletics and his actions in hiring great coaches and staff, there have come to exist some substantial differences in our views. Based on our differences, I have chosen to exercise the termination for convenience clause within Jack's contract to allow the university and the athletic department to move forward, building on the successes that Jack brought to our program."

No further information was provided, since this is a personnel action. Deputy AD John Morris will take over the AD responsibilities in the interim while details on a search for a new AD are finalized. 

Jack Graham's Reaction 

Graham said the announcement is "surprising and deeply disappointing to me." 

"There are many more accomplishments and even more opportunities for greater success for Colorado State Athletics going forward. I sincerely hope that the University’s decision today will not derail the significant strides and positive developments that have been made in CSU Athletics and our fundraising efforts for the new stadium," Graham said in a statement. 

Graham played quarterback for the Rams from 1973-74 and graduated from Colorado State in 1975 with a bachelor's degree in U.S. history. He was drafted by the Miami Dolphins.

Graham was hired in December 2011, replacing Paul Kowalczyk, who was removed after Frank decided to make a change in athletics leadership. 

Photo Credit: John Eisele/Colorado State University