Utes hiring Dennis Erickson

SALT LAKE CITY — Longtime college and professional football coach Dennis Erickson, who led Miami (Fla.) to national championships in 1989 and 1991, is joining Kyle Whittingham’s staff at the University of Utah as an assistant. A formal announcement is expected Monday morning .

Erickson, who turns 66 on March 24, has extensive head coaching experience. He racked up a 179-96-1 collegiate record over stints at Idaho (1982-85, 2006), Wyoming (1986), Washington State (1987-88), Miami (1989-94), Oregon State (1999-2002) and Arizona State (2007-11).

In the NFL, Erickson was 40-56 with the Seattle Seahawks (1995-98) and San Francisco 49ers (2003-04).

Last fall, Erickson served as a volunteer assistant for his son Bryce at South Albany High School in Woodburn, Ore.

“It’s been a lot of fun,” Erickson told The Seattle Times. “When you’ve been doing it for 40-some years, it’s kind of hard to turn it off.”

Erickson was in Salt Lake City last Tuesday and interviewed with Whittingham, who has an opening to fill with the departure of defensive line coach Chad Kauha’aha’a to Wisconsin.

Whittingham announced last week that fullbacks/tight ends coach Ilaisa Tuiaki would be moved to the defensive staff and that a new offensive assistant would be hired soon.



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