While the San Francisco 49ers are reeling from losing out on a Lombardi Trophy, a former head coach is trying to get a job in college football. Dennis Erickson hasn’t coached in the NFL since 2004 when he was fired by the Niners and he hasn’t seen a sideline — college or pro– since the end of 2011. But that all might be about to change as Erickson has reportedly interviewed for an assistant coaching job at Utah.
The former coach of the Miami Hurricanes told the Salt Lake Tribune that he enjoyed his interview with the program and looks forward to hearing back from them about joining Kyle Whittingham’s staff.
“I enjoyed it,” Erickson told the paper. “They have good people there and a good staff; obviously Kyle has a good staff there so we will see.”
Despite his lackluster career as an NFL head coach, Erickson has enjoyed moderate success at the college level and has more than enough experience to qualify himself for whatever job Utah is throwing at him. Erickson has jobs at Idaho, Washington State, Oregon State and Miami under his belt, with mostly all of his success coming during his years at Miami.
While coaching the Hurricanes, Erickson won two National Championships, but he fell off after winning the title in 1991 and won only one more bowl game in his coaching career. The last bowl win Erickson had was in 2000 when he led Oregon State to a victory in the Fiesta Bowl.
Neither the university or Erickson hinted as to what a possible role with the team would be, but it’s believed that head coach Kyle Whittingham wouldn’t be afraid of shifting a few coaches around to make room for Erickson on his staff should the two sides reach an agreement on a contract.