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Sports > WSU football Former Washington State, Idaho drillmaster Dennis Erickson calls Palouse ‘my aboriginal love’ on day of Hall of Fame consecration
UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 7, 2019, 10:02 p.m.
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Dennis Erickson’s career as academy football drillmaster spanned 39 years and included 10 altered stops, from the advanced accessible ranges of Montana to the albino shores of South Beach.
But the best contempo Academy Football Hall of Fame Inductee still speaks with the ultimate amore aback he talks about his time on the Palouse. Erickson’s aboriginal job as a arch drillmaster came in 1982 at Idaho, and bristles years afterwards he took the aforementioned position at Washington State, arch a abbreviate but candied administration with the Cougars that culminated with a cruise to the Aloha Bowl in 1988.
“It was my aboriginal love,” Erickson said Monday of his time in Moscow/Pullman. “When I had the befalling to be the drillmaster at Idaho, aback Bill Belknap assassin me that was awesome. And afresh aback I was assassin at Washington State, it’s breadth I capital to be. So I absolutely enjoyed my time on the Palouse and it has a abundant abode in my heart, afterwards question.”
Erickson, who acquaint a 179-96-1 almanac in his 23 years as a academy arch coach, was one of 15 associates inducted Monday to the 2019 Academy Football Hall of Fame Chic by the Civic Football Foundation.
The 2019 chic includes two coaches – Erickson and Joe Taylor – and 13 All-America players. Among them, two Heisman Trophy runner-ups: Texas quarterback Vince Young and Notre Dame advanced receiver Raghib “Rocket” Ismail.
The abounding account of players to be accustomed at the Civic Football Foundation’s accolade feast in December includes Arkansas active aback Darren McFadden, Oklahoma arresting aback Rickey Dixon, John Carroll linebacker London Fletcher, Texas A&M arresting lineman Jacob Green, North Carolina State receiver Torry Holt, Arizona State quarterback Jake Plummer, USC arresting aback Troy Polamalu, Wisconsin abhorrent accouterment Joe Thomas, Michigan State active aback Lorenzo White and Mississippi linebacker Patrick Willis.
Erickson retired from apprenticeship football in 2016 afterwards 47 years, but couldn’t absolutely abolish himself from the bold and assisted his son Bryce, aforetime the drillmaster at Lake City High. He alternate to the profession on a full-time base aback he accustomed a arch apprenticeship job with the Salt Lake Stallions of the Alliance of American Football, which will authority its countdown division in 2019.
From Stallions training affected in San Antonio, Erickson said Saturday he was acutely ashamed by the HOF induction.
“Well aboriginal of all, it’s maybe the accomplished (honor) you can accept in the profession I’m in,” Erickson said. “… Not aloof me, it’s an account for my family, kids, wife that accept been activity through this for all these years. If it wasn’t for them, heck, I wouldn’t accept got it done. But all the guys and players who’ve played for me, coaches who’ve accomplished for me, acutely it wouldn’t accept happened.”
On a civic scale, Erickson is best accustomed for his time at the University of Miami. Afterwards a abrupt assignment in Pullman, he went on to drillmaster the Hurricanes for six seasons and won a brace of civic championships while activity 63-9. Erickson afresh led a acknowledged four-year administration in Corvallis, Oregon, acceptable 31 amateur in four seasons at Oregon State, including an 11-1 almanac in 2000 that saw the Beavers go to the Fiesta Bowl.
Erickson’s acceptable percentages at Miami (87) and Oregon State (64) are the best best at both schools.
Palouse locals accept acceptable memories of his time at Idaho (1982-85, 2006) and WSU (1987-88).
In Erickson’s aboriginal tenure, UI teams acquaint acceptable annal anniversary of his four seasons and fabricated the NCAA Divison I-AA (FCS) quarterfinals in 1982 and ’85. The Vandals accumulated to go 18-7 in those seasons. A arch practitioner of the one-back offense, Erickson led UI to nine wins in ’82 afterwards the Vandals acquaint aught wins in Big Sky Conference comedy the year before.
“Growing up in Seattle over in the Everett breadth area I was built-in and raised, Washington State and Idaho, I acclimated to appear over and watch the Cougs comedy all the time and had ancestors that went to academy there,” Erickson said. “So that was consistently a amusement for me.”
The Cougars brought Erickson on lath in 1987. The turnaround at WSU didn’t appear immediately, but afterwards a 3-7-1 almanac in ’87, the Cougars went on to go 9-3 in 1988 abaft the comedy of quarterback Timm Rosenbach. Erickson larboard the affairs in a acceptable abode for the abutting coach, Mike Price, who’d advance abounding of the aforementioned one-back schemes while arch one of the best acknowledged eras in Cougar history.
In additon to the ones listed above, Erickson, a Montana State alum, additionally had arch apprenticeship stints at Wyoming (1986) and Arizona State (2007-11).
Erickson will appear the 62nd NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 10 in New York City.
“You reflect aback on altered years, a lot of altered coaches, a lot of altered teams,” he said. “Particularly in my career and a lot of altered places I’ve had the befalling to coach.”
Wordcount: 831 Published: Jan. 7, 2019, 3:32 p.m.Updated: Jan. 7, 2019, 10:02 p.m. Tags: academy football, Academy football Hall of Fame, Dennis Erickson, Idaho Vandals, ncaa, Pac-12 Conference, Sports, Washington State Cougars, WSU football Subscribe to the Cougs newsletter
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