August 9, 2011 |
The Times' preseason college football countdown: No. 22 Arizona State You know it's almost game time when linebacker/helmet case Vontaze Burfict punches someone. And he did, a teammate, last week. Forget a long season … it might be a long August. "Fear the Fork" is the new team motto, edging out Tucson's unsolicited entry: "Put a Fork In 'Em. " Dennis Erickson wasn't hired to go 25-24 in his first four years in Tempe. He was hired to push Arizona State to at least the precipice of Pasadena.
November 25, 2008 |
It's no secret the UCLA offense has struggled to stretch the field this season, averaging 10.4 yards per pass completion. That ranks below most Pacific 10 Conference teams. USC, by comparison, averages 13 yards and Arizona State -- the Bruins' opponent Friday night -- averages almost 12. Coach Rick Neuheisel said his game plan includes plenty of deep pass routes, even if quarterback Kevin Craft has not thrown the ball downfield very often. "He's capable of it," Neuheisel said.
September 24, 2007 |
No matter where Dennis Erickson goes, his teams usually end up in the top 25. Four games into his first season as Arizona State coach, Erickson has the Sun Devils unbeaten and in the Associated Press poll for the first time this season at No. 23. Arizona State is the fourth school Erickson has guided into the rankings, along with Washington State, Miami and Oregon State. Only Lou Holtz, with five, has coached ranked teams at more schools.
August 27, 2006
A look at the University of Idaho football team, welcoming back Coach Dennis Erickson: * COACH: Erickson (first year). Record of 145-56-1 in 17 college seasons, 40-56 in six NFL seasons. * LAST YEAR: 2-9 record, 2-6 in the Western Athletic Conference under Nick Holt, now at USC. * ENROLLMENT: 12,476. * LOCATION: In Moscow (pop. 22,000), largest of 27 Moscows in the U.S. * RECENT HONOR: Former Idaho and NFL quarterback John Friesz just elected to College Football Hall of Fame.
November 23, 2004
"I'm running out of matches." Dennis Erickson, San Francisco 49er coach, asked whether he is trying to light a fire under disappointing running back Kevan Barlow.
September 8, 2003 |
As Ahmed Plummer raced downfield for his game-breaking interception return, a white-haired man with a headset ran right along with him. Dennis Erickson promised more aggression and enthusiasm when he took charge of the San Francisco 49ers. The new coach backed up those words with a joyful sideline sprint that was one of countless high points in his 49-7 debut victory Sunday over the bumbling Chicago Bears.