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December 9, 2006 at 4:03 PM

Erickson to ASU?

It’s been rumored all week and the East Valley Tribune is reporting it’s a done deal that Dennis Erickson will become the next head coach at Arizona State.
Here’s the story.
However, Erickson himself is denying it, according to Jim Meehan’s blog at the Spokesman-Review.
Still, it obviously could happen, and it’s worth wondering how this could impact UW. It could in two ways:
1, It obviously figures to make Arizona State that much more competitive.ASU has a lot of talent coming back from a team that wasn’t bad to begin with, and has long been viewed as a perennial underachiever. Maybe Erickson is the guy to finally take them to the elite level on a consistent basis, rather than just every few years, as has been the case;
2, Two of UW’s offensive assistants — coordinator Tim Lappano and receivers coach Eric Yarber — have long ties to Erickson and could be approached for jobs. Worth wondering if Erickson might also make a run at Keith Gilbertson, now helping out on the O-line for the Seahawks. Erickson tends to be a loyal coach, however, and I think he thought he had a good staff with him at Idaho already and if this is coming true, he’s likely to bring a lot of those guys with him.
In fact, as I look at the list of his assistants at Idaho, almost all of his offensive coaches are ones who he has close ties with, so he might not have a lot of openings. Dan Cozzetto and Gregg Smith have been with Erickson for a long time, Christian is his nephew and Jonathan Smith was his QB at Oregon State.
As I write this, I notice that the East Valley story has been updated and states that Cozzetto will move to ASU with Erickson to be offensive coordinator.

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