Brad Rock: U.'s Dennis Erickson gets back to his original job — coaching

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  • Strider303 Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 14, 2013 10:38 a.m.

    Love the chatter on football, it is August and fall and football loom on the horizon. Would that we could harness all the energy and emotion with regard to football on more serious issues!

  • Where's Stockton ??? Bowling Green, OH
    Aug. 7, 2013 5:58 p.m.

    @BC Exactly couldn't agree with you more. Before he hired Doug Scovil Edwards had his share of failed and marginal attempts at the running game... i.e. the Ogden bros. and so the perfect prolific passing scheme to overwhelm and outscore his opponents became his quest from that time on. I remember arriving at Utah State and getting in my seat late with a little over nine minutes remaining in the first quarter and Marc Wilson already had 21 points on the board. Scovil had the capacity to mix up every type of multiple receivers in very high tech crossing patterns possible that would leave defenses totally unable to make any connecting reads...something that Robert Anae will never be able to duplicate no matter how many other coaches like Stoops and Rodriguez he works under.

  • B C Park City, UT
    Aug. 7, 2013 2:58 p.m.

    Where's Stockton ???

    Lavell's developing passing genius at the Y came about from Doug Scovil, Norm Chow, Mike Holmgren and others adding to an ever more sophisticated passing offense, and as you say, a long succession of highly talented Top Tier All-American QB's and complimentary players.

    It started with LaVell's recognition as a defensive assistant coach of the difficulty of defending a well-coached passing attack, and BYU's need to compensate for not having the necessary "hogs" on the offensive line to be able to successfully excute a smash-mouth rushing offense.

  • Where's Stockton ??? Bowling Green, OH
    Aug. 7, 2013 1:58 p.m.

    @Phoenix ...Lavell's developing passing genius at the Y came about more as a result of finding and hiring Doug Scovil first then having Norm Chow develop as an assistant along the way. Both coaching and mentoring highly talented Top Tier All American QB's along the way.

  • Where's Stockton ??? Bowling Green, OH
    Aug. 7, 2013 12:24 p.m.

    The still unanswered question is... who the Utes have lined up as Erickson's designated driver! Even the Deseret News can't ignore the past by burying it's head in the sand or by going against first amendment rights and selecting which posts they will or will not post on this blog.

  • Snack PAC Olympus Cove, Utah
    Aug. 7, 2013 8:03 a.m.


    Anae wasn't "run out of town;" he left on his own terms and took a lateral move to return from Arizona on his own terms.

    Meanwhile, Erickson WAS run out of town by ASU and was coaching his kid's peewee league team when he was called out of retirement to nursemaid Kyle's failing 20-year-old OC experiment.

  • phoenix Gilbert, AZ
    Aug. 7, 2013 7:58 a.m.


    LaVell Edwards played at Utah State.
    Norm Chow played at Utah.

    Neither one of them learned a thing about LaVell's vaunted passing attack from Utah and neither one of them ever coached a down at Utah until (in Norm's case) a decade after they left BYU.

    Sorry to burst your little crimson bubble, but the coaching tree starts with LaVell and his coaching knowledge base.

  • steeleute Sandy, UT
    Aug. 6, 2013 11:28 p.m.

    Gotta love how the Y fans are doggin on the Erickson hiring yet praising Anae after running him out of town several years ago

  • JohnInSLC Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 6, 2013 10:17 p.m.

    "I wonder if they'll offer La Vell a coaching job next....half of the coaching staff at Utah are BYU alumni."


    Typical. Another hypocritcal y "fan" that doesn' tknow that during the y's moment in the sun, its top coaches, LaVell and Norm Chow, were Utah Men.

    You're welcome.

  • Utah'95 FPO, AE
    Aug. 6, 2013 2:27 p.m.

    Ignore the naysayers, Coach. Plenty of us are happy that you are part of the Ute coaching staff. Can't wait to see the team, and the revamped offense, take the field later this month.

    Go Utes!

  • gonefishn Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 6, 2013 2:16 p.m.

    The O was horrible last year. I feel confident it will be better this year. The only question is how much better? Although it is no small task, it is reasonable to expect one more score a game from a more experienced Wilson, vastly improved O line and with Erickson's guidence. With one touchdown more a game they will be back in a bowl game and 8 wins is absolutely possible. One score a game more represents going from 73 in scoring offense to 33.

  • FatMan86 West Jordan, UT
    Aug. 6, 2013 12:59 p.m.

    I genuinely hope he does have success at Utah. It would be nice if both BYU and Utah could gain some credibility this year for the Beehive State. I remain skeptical on both fronts however.

    Erickson's performance at Oregon St is probably his biggest career success. He built that program into a winner from absolutely nothing and it was very impressive. I know he won Natl Championships in Miami, but his program there was dirty and loaded with NCAA violations. That was a problem that went far beyond DE, but it still happened on his watch. Also don't forget that he did have at least a partial role in the mid 2000's destruction of the San Francisco 49ers.

    To me the jury is out on DE, it's way too early to declare a success or failure. I'm anxious to see what happens.

    Aug. 6, 2013 12:13 p.m.

    Since it's an article on Utah football, one thing is certain: The pro-BYU/anti-Ute fans will be out in force.

  • U 90 Corona, CA
    Aug. 6, 2013 12:00 p.m.

    Marked it down,

    I'm not so sure OSU and AZ are guaranteed losses for Utah. AZ will be breaking in a new QB and Utah outplayed OSU two years in a row but turnovers cost them the game in 2012. The will land somewhere between 5-7 to 7-5.

    What about BYU? I see 4 sure losses and 2 sure wins on their schedule, which means if they split the remaining games they land at 5-7.

  • GKD43 Maple Valley, WA
    Aug. 6, 2013 11:56 a.m.


    Your killing me your satirical comments.... in your article on Erickson..... I wonder if they'll offer La Vell a coaching job next....half of the coaching staff at Utah are BYU alumni...I guess the school of the prophets still needs assistance from the Lord's University..

    Kirk Davis BYU DB 87-88

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    Aug. 6, 2013 11:50 a.m.

    Great to have you on board Coach Erickson!

    Let the jealous south spin away with their OC retread!

    Go Utes!!

  • EdGrady Idaho Falls, ID
    Aug. 6, 2013 11:40 a.m.

    All trash talking aside, if anybody can resurrect utah's moribund offense it is DE.

  • Christine B. Hedgefog Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 6, 2013 10:52 a.m.

    Chris B: Comment - Rewind - Repeat - Comment - Rewind - Repeat - Comment - Rewind - Repeat.
    Each time as funny as the time before.

    Erickson: " a little overrated, in my opinion" He's been at Utah less than a year and already is got the pecking order of the PAC firgured out. Good for you Dennis

  • Utah Alum Orem, UT
    Aug. 6, 2013 10:07 a.m.

    With the schedule Utah has, it will be a monumental achievement for the Utes to get to 6-6 and a bowl.

  • Marked it Down Park City, UT
    Aug. 6, 2013 9:56 a.m.


    "We will 8-4 and top 25 by end of season, and within grasp of south crown and rose bowl within last two games of season"

    Not a chance.

    The Utes will lose to OSU, UCLA, Stanford, Arizona, and USC and will be 0-5 and hopelessly out of the PAC South race before November.

    Mark it down!

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 5, 2013 6:58 p.m.

    Two coaches that have each PROVEN they can build top 5 teams.

    It's only a matter of time until we return to where we belong.

    We will 8-4 and top 25 by end of season, and within grasp of south crown and rose bowl within last two games of season

    South winner will have 2-3 losses.

    Mark it down

    Go utes!