Colorado State coach Boyd "Tiny" Grant resigned Wednesday, saying it was time to retire.

"I have nothing but great, great feelings about Colorado State University. I always will," the 57-year-old Grant said. "When I took over four years ago, I knew in my heart that at some point I would retire."Athletic director Oval Jaynes said he was saddened by Grant's decision.

"Boyd Grant has meant more to our university and to our department than most will ever know," Jaynes said. "He returned to his alma mater, and with a great deal of care and guidance, restored more glory to our basketball program than many thought possible. You are always aware that, at some point, he would decide to retire. But you always think in your heart that it is down the road a bit."

Grant's first Colorado State team reached the semifinal round of the NIT and his next two Rams teams played in the NCAA tournament.

But this year's team finished 15-14. After Colorado State lost to Brigham Young 69-56 in the quarterfinals of the Western Athletic Conference tournament, Grant dropped the first hint that he might have coached his final game.

In 13 years as a Division I head coach, he had a worse record only once, 15-15 in 1986 at Fresno State. He then retired for one year before taking the Colorado State job.

He has an overall record of 275-120 for a winning percentage of .696. He is 81-46 at Colorado State.

The leading successors for Grant's job include associate head coach Tim Jankovich, 31, and Hawaii head coach Riley Wallace.

Whoever gets the job faces a major recruiting effort. The Rams will lose seniors Mark Meredith, Chuckie White and Tracy Jordan.

They should be strong at guard next season with the return of Lynn Tryon and Wayne Gipson and the availability of Keith Bonds, a transfer from Wichita State. Elton Byrd and Dwayne Molyneaux will help up front after coming off redshirt years.