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Dennis Erickson out at Arizona State

Posted on: November 27, 2011 2:48 pm
Edited on: November 28, 2011 3:04 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli and Jerry Hinnen

UPDATE, 11/28: Arizona State has officially fired Dennis Erickson, ASU Vice President for Athletics Lisa Love announced in a statement Monday afternoon.

"We are grateful for the service Dennis and his staff provided for the past five years," said Love.  "Even during the most difficult times, he represented ASU with dignity."

Erickson will be retained as the Sun Devil head coach through the Sun Devils' likely upcoming bowl game. Jerry Palm projects ASU to face TCU in the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas.

Erickson spent five seasons in Tempe, finishing with a 31-30 record but only playing in one bowl to date, a Holiday Bowl appearance in his debut season with the Sun Devils. His team failed to achieve a winning Pac-10 or Pac-12 record in any of his final four seasons.

He released a statement of his own following Love's announcement:
"I would like to thank the administration of Arizona State University for giving me the opportunity to coach and direct the football program for five years.  President Crow and Lisa Love were tremendous to work with.

"I also want to thank the players and my coaching staff.  I am proud of what we accomplished in five years.  The program is in good shape for the next coach.

"Lastly, I would like thank the fans and especially the students for their support.  The school record 12,500 students at the Arizona game was quite a boost to the team.

"ASU is a great university and a great place to go to school.  I will always cherish my memories here."

Black Sunday in the college coaching ranks continues, with the latest coach on the verge of losing his job reportedly being Arizona State head coach Dennis Erickson. Multiple sources have confirmed to Arizona State Rapid Reporter Craig Morgan that Erickson will be fired this week with a news conference coming as soon as Monday.

Erickson still has one more year left on his contract, and if he's fired he'll receiver half of the $1.5 million he was due in his contract. Though it's also possible that both sides will work out another agreement.

The Sun Devils began the season with a 5-1 record but limped to the finish line, losing 5 of their last 6 games and four straight to end the season--all as a favorite of six points or more. That cost Erickson a golden opportunity to play for a Rose Bowl berth in a very winnable Pac-12 South Division.

Since: Sep 22, 2009
Posted on: November 29, 2011 2:49 pm

Dennis Erickson out at Arizona State

Show me a team that loses all americans on defense and a young o line that does well?  The only thing they had was a very cush schedule, but the lack of defense hurt them

Since: Aug 26, 2011
Posted on: November 29, 2011 12:33 pm

Dennis Erickson out at Arizona State

Just because you're paying someone does not mean you're getting your money's worth. Erickson had his 'chance' for 5 years to make ASU relevant. Instead, the program has digressed beyond the point of return. You want 'stability' in the athletic department that doesnt slip the rug out from under the 'young men' in the middle of the season? Well done Lisa for pulling the rug out at the END of season. Why is Lisa Love receiving so much flak?  BECAUSE she hired both the irrelevant-mediocre coaches, Erickson and Sendeck whom have provided her 'stability' in her position for 5 lack-luster years.  So if you truely believe things are stable, then Ms. Love would not have had a "reflex action" by firing him.  Her position as AD is the equivalent to a GM in pro sports... If the coach and team are failing to produce a winning or profitable product, they get fired! PERIOD   Just go ask the former Redsox GM and manager.  They were highly successful and still got fired because 2nd best is not acceptable. So how is a 6-6 football team or a 3-4 basketball team that lost to Fairfield stable? If Lisa wants to save her job, she'd better start flexing some cash.

Since: Oct 28, 2011
Posted on: November 29, 2011 10:20 am

Dennis Erickson out at Arizona State

The second press conference directly after Erickson being fired should have been:

ASU fires Athletic Driector Lisa Love

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: November 29, 2011 1:59 am

Dennis Erickson out at Arizona State

Arizona State AD Lisa Love needs to redeem herself in a big way by hiring a top name HC to take over at Tempe like Arizona did last week with their top hiring of Rich Rodriguez or this firing of Dennis Erickson was for nothing. Now there is some very good candidates to go after for Love & first it should be #1 Kevin Sumlin, #2 Mike Bellotti, & #3 Mike Leach. Of course Love most go all out & try first on Sumlin who would be a great hire to light a fire in the Sun Devil community but Love most go out & hire a big name coach no matter who it is & if not then that ho also needs to pack her bags to.

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2011 12:08 am

Dennis Erickson out at Arizona State

You apparently don't know ASU Sun Devils football. This team had a friendly schedule and should have at least finished 9-3. The team looked unprepared during this 4 week slide and injuries should not have been an excuse. Time for the DE regime to end and bring in a coach that does exactly what the title is: Supply credible coaching to young players. Sure, he will have some recruits come in next season, but it is time for someone that can relate to the players and promote an environment of teaching & leadership.

Since: Feb 26, 2008
Posted on: November 28, 2011 11:52 pm

Dennis Erickson out at Arizona State

time to say goodbye to the confused old man roaming the sidelines

Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: November 28, 2011 10:54 pm

Dennis Erickson out at Arizona State

There is no doubt in my mind the best fit for ASU would be Mike Leach! He is an awesome coach and while I like what Dana Holgerson is doing at WVU I would have rather had Mike Leach. He has an unfortunate thing happen and he shouldnt be punished for it over and over again. He lost his job and it takeb 2 years for any solid school to give him a look. Do the right thing here ASU and get him before Washington or UCLA does. You wont be sorry..I love ASU football and want to see it do well. This is your best option!

Since: Nov 28, 2011
Posted on: November 28, 2011 8:52 pm

Dennis Erickson out at Arizona State

You are right on.  Quote by the sleazebag after being hired 6 years ago at the University of Idaho "I started and want to finish my coaching career here".  He then blindsided everyone at U of I a couple days after the season ended and jumped on a plane to ASU after some clandestine talks with his friend Lisa Love and never returned.  He is scum and has no idea what dignity is.  Would probably make a good politician, however...    

Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: November 28, 2011 8:43 pm

Dennis Erickson out at Arizona State

Arkansas shouldn't have paid Houston Nutt a penny to go away, but it was worth every dime looking back. Some times, they just gotta go.

Since: May 23, 2008
Posted on: November 28, 2011 8:29 pm

Dennis Erickson out at Arizona State

Here is $1.5 million, now go away.

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