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            === Utah hires Erickson as co-offensive coordinator ===
 
 Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) - The Utah Utes have hired Dennis Erickson
 to be their new co-offensive coordinator.
 
 Erickson joins a Utah program that finished 5-7 last season and ranked 97th in
 passing  yards per game, 91st in rushing yards per game and 73rd in points per
 game. He will be sharing the coordinator title with 26-year-old Brian Johnson.
 
 "Dennis  Erickson brings  a wealth of knowledge and coaching experience to our
 program,"  said Utah  head coach Kyle Whittingham. "He has been labeled as one
 of  the  original architects of  the spread and we  are looking forward to the
 impact  he will  have  on  our offense.  Coach  Erickson  also has  recruiting
 connections across the country which should benefit us on that front as well."
 
 The  65-year-old Washington  native has a 179-96-1 record over 23 seasons as a
 collegiate   head   coach  and   guided  the   Miami  Hurricanes  to  national
 championships in 1989 and 1991.
 
 Erickson's  last  head coaching  stint was  with Arizona  State, where he went
 31-31 from 2007-11. He also coached two other Pac-12 schools, Washington State
 and  Oregon State,  in addition  to stops  early in  his career  at Idaho  and
 Wyoming.
 
 Erickson  also has NFL head coaching experience, compiling a 40-56 record with
 Seattle (1995-98) and San Francisco (2003-04).
 
 02/11 11:42:14 ET

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