It’s been a couple of weeks now since Dennis Erickson was introduced as the new head coach for Arizona State. Admittedly, I had some initial concerns about the hire. While several of those reservations will remain-at least until the season starts-I’m growing fonder and fonder of the hire.
In a nutshell, he might be the right guy. He’s started to assemble a decent staff, while retaining some key members of Koetter’s crew (hey Bill Miller-stick around!). He’s making some waves within the PAC-10, and his initial efforts at JC recruiting seem to be on track. He’s brought some excitement and spirit to ASU football that was lacking. We’re talking about who he might bring on board and completely ingoring the upcoming bowl game against Hawaii. While that’s not fair to Koetter and this year’s seniors, it does demonstrate the new excitement that DE has created.
The real test will be seeing who Erickson fills out his staff with–particularly for the defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator positions–and who he can land being LOI day in February.