Erickson to be fired; Sumlin top candidate?

A 6-6 record in 2010 was viewed as a step in the right direction. The same mark however a season later had a much different meaning for a Sun Devil program expected to contend for the Pac-12 South championship. Consequently, Dennis Erickson will be relived from his duties and will not continue as ASU's head coach in 2012. An official announcement could come as early as Monday.

A day and time hasn't been set yet for a press conference, but it is believed that it will take place Monday as well. It remains unclear whether Erickson will coach Arizona State in a bowl game, which hasn't been determined yet, or whether an interim coach will be appointed to that game.

Erickson could have not asked for a better start to his Tempe tenure, as he helped guide the team to a 10-3 record, a Holiday Bowl appearance and a then co-championship of the Pac-10 conference. Alas, for the next four seasons ASU failed to record a winning record never recording more than six victories each year.

The start of the 2011 campaign of Erickson was promising to say the least. The team sported a 6-2 record and a Top 25 ranking going into the month of November, as the maroon and gold were clearly in the driver's seat to capture the Pac-12 South championship and have a chance to qualify for the coveted Rose Bowl.

Erickson's team however ended the regular season on four-game losing streak with its first three defeats coming at the hands of teams who were listed as double-digit underdogs. Over that span the Sun Devil defense yielded an average of 36 points and over 491 yards a game.

During his ASU career Erickson posted an overall record of 31-30, going 21-24 in conference play. Erickson has one year remaining on his contract which runs until Jan. 15, 2013.

University of Houston head coach Kevin Sumlin is the proverbial hot name on every team's list of head coaching candidates and he has certainly shown up on ASU's radar. With the fierce competition for his services how do the Sun Devils' fair in terms of their chances of landing him? Who appears to be Sumlin's other main suitor? Click here to find out more about Sumlin's candidacy for ASU's head coaching job.


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