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New Coach for Idaho

#1 Post by noasark2x2 » Wed Feb 08, 2006 2:06 pm

I hat this guy who really took the hurricanes a part like Coker is doing now

Erickson expected to be named next Idaho coachESPN.com news services

Dennis Erickson is expected to be named the new head coach at the University of Idaho on Wednesday.

Erickson told ESPN's Joe Schad on Wednesday afternoon that he was headed to campus but that the deal was not yet official.

"You can be successful at Idaho," Erickson told Schad. "I coached there more than 20 years ago and things have changed. We were Division I-AA then. So things are different, but good. I'm excited about getting back into coaching. It was so hard for us to be out of it this past year. I wanted to get back into this so badly."

Idaho athletic director Rob Spear told The Spokesman-Review newspaper in Spokane, Wash., that he anticipated Erickson would accept an offer to coach the school.



The school scheduled a late afternoon news conference, and Spear said no further talks had been scheduled with other prospective replacements for Nick Holt, who quit Monday.

Erickson, 58, turned Idaho into one of the top teams in the nation at the I-AA level when he coached the Vandals from 1982 to 1985. He went on to compile a 144-57-1 record as a head coach at Idaho, Wyoming, Washington State, Miami and Oregon State. His Miami teams won national championships in 1989 and 1991. He had less success in the NFL, going 31-33 in four years at the helm of the Seattle Seahawks and 9-23 in two seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, who fired him after the 2004 season.

Erickson said he still receives $2.5 million per year from the 49ers. He was fired with three years left on his five-year, $12.5 million contract.

If he takes the Idaho coaching job, his annual salary will likely be about $205,000.

"It's not about the money, it's about coaching," Erickson said. "I'm a coach. It's all I've done all my life. Making me sit out last year made me appreciate it even more."

Between the two NFL jobs he revived a moribund Oregon State program, directing the Beavers to a 31-17 record, including a school-best mark of 11-1 and a 41-9 victory over Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl in the 2000 season.

Idaho has interviewed at least three other candidates -- Montana State head coach Mike Kramer, Arizona assistant Kasey Dunn and Idaho assistant head coach Jeff Mills.

The Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday that Holt, a day after saying he was leaving Idaho to become the defensive line coach for the St. Louis Rams, had instead been hired by Southern California as defensive coordinator. Holt rejoins USC head coach Pete Carroll, whom he served as linebackers coach from 2001-2003.

Holt, 43, led Idaho into the Western Athletic Conference and compiled a 5-18 record with the Vandals, including 2-9 last year.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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#2 Post by wyokie » Wed Feb 08, 2006 3:03 pm

I betca a beer or tea in BigWave's case that the "Weasel" leaves Moscow, ID within 1 year!!!!

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#3 Post by jediwarrior » Wed Feb 08, 2006 3:23 pm

I think DE is a good pick-up for Idaho.

They needed something that could prove to the WAC that they "belonged". And I think this may have done it.

Checking out OSU's board, they think their rivalry with Idaho will finally start to become "competitive".

I think DE is going to be tougher for Hawaii than Holt was.

Looking forward to seeing what he brings into Aloha Stadium this year.

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#4 Post by Irse » Wed Feb 08, 2006 3:52 pm

It'll be good for the WAC.

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#5 Post by flipen » Wed Feb 08, 2006 4:13 pm

Wow, their recruits signed to be with Coach Holt and now they get to be with an even better coach :lol:

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#6 Post by Waryor » Thu Feb 09, 2006 7:02 am

ericksen has been a winner at every college he's coached at.

i expect ericksen to make idaho an immediate contender.

what's good for idaho is good for the wac.

what's good for the wac is good for hawaii.

so, welcome aboard, coach ericksen.

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#7 Post by sponger48 » Thu Feb 09, 2006 9:14 am

hmmm, Pat Hill, June Jones, Jerry Glanville, Hal Mumme, Dick Tomey, Chris Ault and Dennis Erickson. Can't remember other coaches though. IF the WAC can take the show on the road and consistantly win, it will start to turn some heads.

By the way, its official at espn.com. Benson needs to work out a better tv deal.!!!
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#8 Post by jediwarrior » Thu Feb 09, 2006 6:29 pm

Sponger - I agree. The ESPN contract needs to be re-written to include more football games and...of course, Big Monday's for B-Ball.

I would imagine the contract should be finalized before the start of football season.

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#9 Post by rodfather » Fri Feb 10, 2006 2:16 pm

Well, with DE at Idaho, look at him to start throwing the ball all over the place very similar to the Mike Price, Joe Tiller school of spread passing.
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#10 Post by wyokie » Fri Feb 10, 2006 3:59 pm

rodfather wrote:Well, with DE at Idaho, look at him to start throwing the ball all over the place very similar to the Mike Price, Joe Tiller school of spread passing.
And we ALL know where Joe Tiller used to coach at, don't we?

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#11 Post by H20 » Fri Feb 10, 2006 5:11 pm

moving this to the WAC board.

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