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Dennis Erickson interviews with Utah

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The last time Dennis Erickson was on a college football sideline, it was as Arizona State’s coach in a Las Vegas Bowl loss to Boise State. But he could be back in the coaching ranks in the not-too-distant future.

Erickson confirmed to the Salt Lake Tribune that he recently interviewed for an assistant coaching job at Utah under Kyle Whittingham.

I enjoyed it,” Erickson told the paper. “They have good people there and a good staff; obviously Kyle has a good staff there so we will see.”

The former head coach said no offer was made, and exactly what role he would fill isn’t clear yet. Former Utes quarterback Brian Johnson was promoted to the team’s offensive coordinator last year after Norm Chow left to become the head coach of Hawaii, but Whittingham could shuffle coaches around to make room for Erickson.

For what it’s worth, the Utes had the 75th-best scoring offense, 93rd best rushing offense and 100th-best passing offense during last year’s 5-7 season. Erickson is considered one of the best coaches of the spread offense.

Erickson has college coaching experience at places like Idaho, Washington State, Oregon State and Miami. He also held two brief NFL jobs with the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers. He’s been out of coaching for a year, but interested in getting back into the game.

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5 Responses to “Dennis Erickson interviews with Utah”
  1. pdcooper08 says: Feb 7, 2013 11:33 PM

    To have an Offensive mind like this guys got, that would be a catch for the Utes. I would never hand him the car keys again, but as an assistant, it’s a no brainer.

  2. bengalsstillsuck says: Feb 8, 2013 10:16 AM

    This guy is horrible he won with jimmy johnsons teams from miami an hasnt done jack squat since then besides get fired after a few yrs.

  3. florida727 says: Feb 8, 2013 3:58 PM

    I’m not a fan of his, or a “hater”, but I say good for him. The guy is 65 years old. Most people can’t wait to retire, kick back, and do whatever they darn well please every day for the rest of their life. This guy bleeds football. I hope he gets the gig. It’s obvious his passion for coaching hasn’t changed a single bit.

    As far as him winning a national title with another coach’s players, what do you think John Gruden did? There’s a million other examples too. Obviously he did something right, otherwise the previous coach would have still been there and won the title with his own players.

  4. pdcooper08 says: Feb 8, 2013 4:58 PM

    So true Florida, taking another coaches players and to win a championship, that’s not an easy task. Look this guy had many flaws as a head coach, mostly he ran a loose ship and gave the players way to long a leash. He did very well at Oregon St as well, but he always had player issues on and off the grid. Look at how it ended at A-State, his best players eventually turned on him. I know this guy a little. I think being a position coach only, this will be like retirement he can do what he truly loves and not have to deal with all the headaches a HC has to deal with. Besides, having no job and hanging out drinking, is no way to spend the rest of your days. Good luck to you coach and have fun.

  5. th56 says: Feb 8, 2013 8:22 PM

    Well he did win a national title with Miami. I don’t care what players he had. That’s like saying anybody could win the BCS in Alabama because they have the best recruiting class in the nation. Alabama always has one of the best recruiting class in the nation, but they weren’t winning any companionships until Sabin arrived. Erickson took Oregon State to their first winning season in 29 years and came withing a missed field goal of taking that team to the BCS title game. I don’t care what you think of him, he’s a very accomplished coach.

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