Dennis Erickson faces a “make or break” season at Arizona State in 2011. Apparently, one of his recently-graduated players expects them to break. Kerry Taylor, the Sun Devils’ leading receiver last season, threw Erickson under the bus, calling for his ouster on twitter.
The tweet comes ahead of a television interview Taylor did, which has yet to air. Said interview should reveal whether this is a “Taylor” or an “Erickson” issue, what the specific grievances against Erickson are and, most importantly, whether other players share his thoughts.
As for Erickson, last year was supposed to be the breakout year. The team missed a bowl game, going 4-6 against FBS opponents. Though, it’s hard to fault their narrow losses at Wisconsin and against Oregon and Stanford at home. They also lost away at USC and Oregon State by a combined four points.
He returns mostly the same team. Presumably, they will improve with a year’s worth of experience and better fortune. With USC ineligible many expect them to win the Pac 12 south. If the Sun Devils don’t improve on their 10-17 conference record the past three seasons, Erickson probably will be fired.
ASU’s first six FBS games: Missouri, Illinois (A), USC, Oregon State, Utah (A), Oregon (A). Expect the first Mike Leach rumors to start floating around Oct. 3.
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