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Ex-'Canes coach Erickson takes Arizona State job

Published Dec. 10, 2006

Dennis Erickson has accepted the head-coaching job at Arizona State, Idaho athletic director Rob Spear said Saturday night.

Erickson, 59, spent one season at Idaho in his second stint at the school, going 4-8. He led Miami to two national titles, has been a coach at Wyoming, Washington State and Oregon State and coached Seattle and San Francisco in the NFL.

Erickson has a 149-64-1 record in 18 seasons as a college coach. At Oregon State, he took over a program that had an NCAA Division I record 28 straight losing seasons. His first team in Corvallis went 7-5 and earned an Oahu Bowl appearance. His second Beavers team routed Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl to cap an 11-1 season.

Arizona State sports information director Mark Brand had no comment, but Spear said Erickson told him Saturday afternoon that he was accepting the Sun Devils job.

Arizona State must pay a $150,000 buyout to Idaho. Erickson had signed a five-year deal, and Spear said he was "very disappointed" in the coach's decision to leave after only one season.

FSU: The team held its second practice in preparation for the Emerald Bowl Dec. 27 against UCLA. Practice will resume Saturday after final exams. Also, senior linebacker Buster Davis was named a second-team Walter Camp All-American.

TENNESSEE TECH: Watson Brown, who oversaw UAB's move to Division I-A during 12 seasons but suffered through a disappointing 3-9 year, resigned and was introduced as the coach at Tennessee Tech hours later.

APPALACHIAN STATE 49, YOUNGSTOWN STATE 24: Armanti Edwards ran for 110 yards and three touchdowns and threw for another in Boone, N.C., and the defending national champion Mountaineers (13-1) reached the NCAA Division I-AA title game against Massachusetts on Friday in Chattanooga, Tenn. Edwards, a freshman, became only the fifth player in Division I and the first since Vince Young of Texas last year to throw for 2,000 yards and rush for 1,000 in a season.