Dennis Erickson, the veteran head football coach at Arizona State University, collects $1,275,000 in salary each year, plus whatever else he pulls in from endorsements and what have you.
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For this remarkable sum, Sun Devils' fans have gotten a consistent product in this, the fifth season of the Erickson Era -- consistently mediocre, that is.
Other than Erickson's semi-glorious first season (2007), in which ASU was beaten soundly by Texas in the Holiday Bowl after a 10-win season, the Devils have underachieved time and again, going 21-26 in the past four years without a bowl appearance in the mix.
Erickson's teams have earned a reputation as being undisciplined to the extreme, both in terms of temperament and execution on the field.
Case in point was Saturday night's stunning 31-27 home loss to the hated Arizona Wildcats (and one of the worst UA teams ever, at that). Missed tackles aplenty, personal fouls, an altogether pathetic performance in what was a hugely important game on every level for ASU even aside from the traditional rival aspect. More »