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Published: Tuesday, Feb. 5 2013 9:15 p.m. MST

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Cottonwood Heights, UT

Not holding my breathe but this would be an amazing addition to the Utah staff and would provide Brian Johnson with a mentor of sorts as many of us have hoped for.
Go Utes!

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

Wow, a national champion coach. I love being in a bcs conference with bcs quality coaches and bcs quality athletes.

I heart the bcs!

Omaha, NE

Dear Dennis. Please come and accept a coaching position if offered. Brian has a huge upside but needs some mentoring. It would be great for recruiting as well if you'd come aboard.

Go Utes!!


"Last week, Whittingham acknowledged that one of his current assistants could be moved to defense and the new hire placed on offense."

From what I understand, it's TE/FB coach Tuiaki. Erickson would be a decent hire, and he sounds very interested, should he receive an offer, which he hasn't yet. Whether that means Whitt and Hill want to discuss the position before making an offer or if there are other candidates is anyone's guess, but I do know Whitt has a good relationship with Erickson and a lot of respect for him going back a lot of years.


Hahaha ok Chris B... settle down buddy, it's just an assistant coach.
But seriously he'd be a great addition to the staff- here's hoping he joins the Ute family.

Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA

@ MotorBike

You are spot on. Something tells me the hire is unlikely; but I'd love to see it happen.

Dietrich, ID

Thing about ERicson you can't trust him to stay in one place for too long.

rock springs, wy

Dennis Erickson would come with more baggage than a 12-day cruise. But on a positive note, he has had OC experience at Fresno State, Idaho and San Jose State and national championships marred somewhat by multiple NCAA violations and a memorable loss to BYU. At almost all of his stops, he had almost total disregard for contractual agreements and has a well-publicised drinking problem. Since his stints at OC, he has always been a high profile head coach and has recently told reporters that he may return to coaching but only as a head coach. It would be an interesting relationship between him and Whittingham. I'd give it "one and done."

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA


BYU fans like yourself need to be very careful with your digs at Dennis Erickson and his drinking problems. His last DUI was in 1995 - there are several current BYU players who have DUI's more recent than that.

West Jordan, Utah

I don't know what to make of this. There are pros and cons to Dennis Erickson.

Highland, UT

@cowardly robin

"there are several current BYU players who have DUI's more recent than that."

No there aren't. Perhaps you "should be careful with your digs" at some fine young men. You won't though, reckless and baseless smears about BYU players are your specialty.

Marked it Down
Park City, UT

From South Albany high school coaching adviser to Brian Johnson mentor - d'ya think Dennis can handle the change?

BJ obviously needs LOTS of help. Without a real coach to hold his hand, BJ is lost.

If this doesn't work out, Whit may have to invent some excuse about BJ deciding to "retire"...

at age 26.

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA


Let's start with Kyle Van Noy and go from there....two DUI's.

Omaha, NE

Who lives in a glass house and throws stones. One should be more concerned with their own acts or omission than someone else's.


Palo Alto, CA

KVN had ONE DUI and Bronco made Kyle wait an entire year before allowing him to join the BYU football program. Stupid mistake by a young kid that he has since paid his dues for.

MUCH different from the off-the-field issues that plagued Erickson's six seasons in Miami. Gun play, unmentionable escapades, police raids, arrests, drug abuse, drinking, a federal grand jury probe, and cash bonuses to players who made the best hits in games served as the notorious backdrop to Miami's success on the field.

Under Erickson's tenure, Miami's football program committed debauchery to the point that Sports Illustrated published a famous feature with the incendiary headline "Why the University of Miami Should Drop Football."

If this is the guy Whittingham wants tutoring his young OC protege, I seriously have to question how desperate things have gotten at the Utah "U" (Miami is the original "U").

Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA

@ Brave Sir Robin

Nicely Done! Check Mate!

Solomon Levi
Alpine, UT


You seriously want to add someone like Erickson to Utah's coaching staff without considering his background?

Salt Lake City, Utah

Spokane Ute

More like "tilt, fail, game over" be careful what you wish for!

Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA

@ Uteanymous

Thank you for your continued support of the Utes. The thread just wouldn't be the same without your help. I will never figure out why a BYU fan references your screen name though? It would be like me calling myself Spokane Coug, then blasting everything BYU? Pretty weird!

Omaha, NE

Hello Solomon:

Are you alluding to his coaching record or his personal record? His coaching record as an offensive guy is pretty stellar. As for his personal record, who am I to judge? If he has cleaned up his act, then by all means he would be a great example of making a bad decision and turning one's life around for the better. Great mentor for the student athletes as well as coaches. Not sure what you mean. Please explain.

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