Colorado State football coach Steve Fairchild has been fired after three consecutive 3-9 seasons.

New athletic director Jack Graham announced his decision Sunday, a day after the Rams lost their eighth consecutive game, a 22-19 setback to Wyoming.

He said a national search for a replacement would begin immediately.

Secondary coach Tim Duffie was named "transitional coach" in charge of directing the football staff and players. He will lead the Rams' recruiting efforts until a new coach is hired.

Fairchild will be paid his base salary of $350,000 for next season, which was the last year of his five-year contract. That money will come from private funds, not state money, the school said.