College Football Notebook | Arizona St. hires Erickson
Dennis Erickson has accepted the coaching job at Arizona State, Idaho athletic director Rob Spear said Saturday night. The 59-year-old Erickson, an...
PHOENIX — Dennis Erickson has accepted the coaching job at Arizona State, Idaho athletic director Rob Spear said Saturday night.
The 59-year-old Erickson, an Everett native, spent one season at Idaho in his second stint at the school, going 4-8. He led Miami to two national titles, also has been coach at Wyoming, Washington State and Oregon State and coached the Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers in the NFL.
Erickson has a 149-64-1 record in 18 seasons as a college coach. At Oregon State, he helped turn around a program that had an NCAA Division I-A-record 28 straight losing seasons. His second team in Corvallis routed Notre Dame 41-9 in the 2001 Fiesta Bowl.
Arizona State officials declined comment. But Spear said Erickson told him Saturday afternoon that he was taking the job with the Sun Devils.
Arizona State must pay a $150,000 buyout to Idaho. Erickson had signed a five-year contract, and Spear said he was "very disappointed" in the coach's decision to leave after one season.
"Had we known that we were going to end up in this situation, we would never have gone down that road," Spear said. "We made a commitment and we thought we had a commitment from the other end, but I wish Dennis Erickson the best."
Erickson replaces Dirk Koetter, who was fired after going 40-33 in six seasons. Koetter, previously Boise State's coach, will coach the Sun Devils (7-5) against Hawaii (10-3) in the Hawaii Bowl on Dec. 24 in Honolulu.
Erickson coached WSU in 1987 and 1988 and had a 12-10-1 record. He coached the Seahawks from 1995 to 1998 and went 31-33.
Brown exits UAB
for Tennessee Tech
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Watson Brown, who oversaw Alabama-Birmingham's move to Division I-A in 1996, resigned after a 3-9 season and was introduced as the coach at Tennessee Tech hours later.
Tennessee Tech is a Division I-AA school in Brown's hometown of Cookeville. Tech coach Mike Hennigan took a medical leave this season.
Brown's record at UAB was 62-74, and he has a career record of 94-151 that includes stops at Cincinnati, Rice and Vanderbilt. UAB spokesman Norm Reilly said Brown, 56, spoke to Blazers players before leaving.
At Tennessee Tech, Brown said, "The time is right, and this is a great opportunity to make a quick move and really improve the Golden Eagle football program to the point where we can win conference championships and make a run at a national championship. We want to win immediately."
Appalachian St. wins
BOONE, N.C. — Freshman Armanti Edwards ran for 110 yards and three touchdowns and threw for another score for defending national champion Appalachian State, which beat Youngstown State 49-24 in a Division I-AA semifinal game.
The Mountaineers (13-1) advanced to face Massachusetts (13-1) for the title on Friday in Chattanooga, Tenn.
• The NCAA Division III title game Saturday in Salem, Va., will be a rematch between defending champion Mount Union and Wisconsin-Whitewater, who won semifinal games at home. Nate Kmic rushed for a career-high 371 yards as Mount Union beat St. John Fisher 26-14. Wisconsin-Whitewater routed Wesley 44-7.
• Oregon State guard Jeremy Perry will miss the Dec. 29 Sun Bowl against Missouri because of a sprained knee.