Arizona State head coach Dennis Erickson was formally fired by the university on Monday, confirming earlier rumors that the coach's departure was imminent. Erickson will reportedly be allowed to coach the Sun Devils in their upcoming bowl game.
Arizona State rose to as high as 18th in the AP Poll following a 5-1 start. The Sun Devils would go 1-5 the rest of the way, with four straight losses to close the season. Erickson took over at ASU in 2007, earning a piece of the Pac 10 championship in his first season. In four seasons since, his teams went 21-27, a disappointing result that ultimately sealed his fate. Despite a solid reputation among the coaching ranks, Erickson's teams were notorious for making persistent mental mistakes.
According to SB Nation's Bill Connelly, Houston coach Kevin Sumlin could be a potential candidate to take over the program, along with former Texas Tech head coach Mike Leach. The Sun Devils are expected to lose a lot of talent off of a veteran-laden squad, but will return quarterback Brock Osweiler for the 2012 season.
For more on the Sun Devils, visit Arizona State blog House of Sparky.