ASU official: Erickson out as Sun Devils coach
Dennis Erickson is out as Arizona State coach, a university
official told The Associated Press, after another season in which
the results didn’t meet the expectations for the Sun Devils.
The official spoke on the condition of anonymity on Sunday
because details of Erickson’s departure have not been
Erickson will meet with athletic director Lisa Love as early as
Monday and, at 64, could be allowed to retire rather than be fired.
Erickson could still coach in whatever bowl game the Sun Devils
Erickson’s job came into jeopardy after Arizona State lost its
final four games following a 6-2 start, knocking the Sun Devils
from contention to play in the inaugural Pac-12 championship game
next Friday. He was 31-30 in five seasons in the desert.
Erickson won a pair of national titles with Miami and had stops
at Oregon State and Idaho before arriving in Tempe in 2007. He had
an impressive start in the desert, named the Pac-10 coach of the
year after leading the Sun Devils to the Holiday Bowl and their
first 10-win season in nine years.
That turned out to be the highlight of his tenure.
Arizona State won no more than six games the next three years,
ineligible for a bowl last season because two of its games were
against Football Championship Subdivision schools.
Love opted to stick with Erickson despite three straight shaky
seasons and the Sun Devils went into this year with high
expectations, returning nearly every starter on both sides of the
Arizona State looked good early, taking control of the Pac-12
South after its first eight games, then went into a tailspin.
After becoming bowl eligible for the first time in four years
with a win over Colorado on Oct. 29, the Sun Devils lost their grip
on the South with a loss to UCLA the next week, and couldn’t make
up ground despite the Bruins’ lackluster finish.
The final blows for Erickson’s chances of keeping his job came
with a disappointing home loss to rival Arizona, which had fired
its coach and had won just two games at that point, followed by
Friday’s 47-39 loss to California at home.
”I don’t know that I have ever been through a month like
this,” Erickson said after the loss to Cal. ”We felt that we had
a chance to have a great year, then you lose four in a row and just
end up with a very, very average year.”