Arizona State was the preseason favorite to win the Pac-12 South division, but with just one game left in the season , the Sun Devils haven’t been able to secure their spot in the first ever Pac-12 championship game.
When you look at USC’s sanctions that prohibit them from participating in the conference title, combined with the general, shall we say… “humbleness” of the South division, it’s astonishing how ASU hasn’t been able to control its destiny. To make matters worse, ASU lost at home against Mike Stoops-less Arizona on Saturday, leaving some to walk away with cause for concern about Dennis Erickson‘s job status.
Then, a report broke this morning from footballscoop.com that Erickson had informed his staff that this “will be his last season at the helm in Tempe.”
But Doug Haller of the Arizona Republic has made some phone calls and reports that the rumors of Erickson’s imminent departure are false. Haller also reports that ASU has not made a decision on Erickson’s future. Erickson’s contract runs through next season; if the school fires him before then, the coach will receive $1.5 million annually for the remainder of that contract.
For now, Erickson’s job doesn’t appear to be in jeopardy. Whether Erickson will be safe in a month remains to be seen.