Well, it certainly didn’t take long for former Arizona State receiver Kerry Taylor to express his displeasure with Sun Devils coach Dennis Erickson in the only way that he — and practically everybody else — seems to know how.
Twitter (and an on-camera interview).
Taylor, who was a senior for ASU in 2010 and part of Erickson’s first recruiting class in 2007, took to the social media platform on Sunday after doing an interview with Channel 3 TV in Phoenix to talk about the state of ASU football. The interview came directly after Taylor’s younger brother, Kendyl Taylor, spoke to the network about his recent commitment to Washington.
“Just did an interview about the problems of ASU football and why Dennis Erickson is NOT the right man for the job,” Taylor tweeted. “I want ASU to win Pac12 Championships, all us ASU fans do. But in order for that to happen we need a new Head Coach. That’s all I’m saying.”
“Now I’m done speaking about it..”
Tim Ring, who interviewed Taylor, responded with “A lot of people are asking about the Kerry Taylor interview. This will NOT air on Ch 3 tonight. Coach Erickson will get time to respond.
“The interview will be properly vetted with both sides getting a fair chance to have their say. The piece tentatively will air NEXT Sunday”
Ring later told ESPN’s Ted Miller that a broadcast date has not been set for the interview, despite the earlier tweet.
Kerry led the Sun Devils with 54 receptions for 699 yards and three touchdowns last year, so it’s probably not a grudge based from limited playing time. Whatever it is, Kerry feels Erickson is successfully keeping ASU in the soon-to-be Pac-12 cellar.
ASU finished 10-3 in Erickson’s first year in Tempe, but has yet to record more than six wins in a season since. However, the Sun Devils, along with their baller new unis, are expected to compete for a Pac-12 South title this season.
But, in Erickson’s defense, he has nearly 30 years of head coaching experience on his side with successful stops at Miami, Oregon State, Washington State and Idaho of all places.
So, unless more players speak out against him and the Sun Devils finish 4-8 with plenty of returning starters and no USC to attend the inaugural Pac-12 Title Game, I’m sticking by Erickson on this one.