Gary Stevens faces at least one challenger in his bid to succeed former boss Jimmy Johnson as head coach at the University of Miami.

Washington State coach Dennis Erickson was interviewed Tuesday for the job, several Miami television stations reported. The visit with Athletic Director Sam Jankovich reportedly lasted six hours.Erickson apparently won't be the last candidate to talk with Jankovich.

"He's got other guys I guess he's going to interview," said Stevens, who had a 71/2-hour interview Monday. "He said he's going to interview a couple. I don't know who they are."

Several Miami players said last weekend that they wanted Stevens, an assistant with the Hurricanes since 1980, to become head coach if Johnson left. Miami quarterback Steve Walsh, who graduates in May but has a year of eligibility left, said he'd turn pro if Johnson left and Stevens wasn't promoted.

Jankovich has said players will not dictate who will be hired.

Erickson, 41, has a career record of 50-31-1 in seven college seasons and was 9-3 last year, his second at Washington State. He is a pass-oriented coach and knows Jankovich well. Both men are from the North-west.