Dennis Erickson To Be Inducted Into Orange Bowl Hall of Fame

Dec. 29, 2006

TEMPE, Ariz. - Arizona State University head football coach Dennis Erickson will be among three new members inducted into the Regions Bank Orange Bowl Hall of Fame, the Orange Bowl Committee announced. Erickson, who coached the University of Miami (Fla.) to a National Championship over Nebraska in the 1992 Orange Bowl, will join former Nebraska quarterback Turner Gill and Florida State linebacker Marvin Jones as new Hall of Fame inductees. The trio will join the Orange Bowl Committee as they are recognized during the AvMed Orange Bowl Coaches Luncheon in Miami on January 1, 2007. Erickson, Gill and Jones will then be induced into the Hall of Fame during the 73rd Annual FedEx Orange Bowl on January 2, 2007.

Erickson's head coaching career began in December 1981, at age 34, when he was hired at the University of Idaho. Building on his reputation as an offensive innovator, Erickson became Idaho's all-time winningest head coach in just four seasons with the Vandals (1982-85). He took his 'spread offense' with him to Wyoming in 1986 for a single season, then went to Washington State for two (1987-88), before taking over at the University of Miami in 1989 for a six-year stint, winning national championships in 1989 and 1991. During his tenure in Coral Gables, his Miami Hurricanes' teams played for four national titles, two of them played at the FedEx Orange Bowl (1992, '95). Erickson coached one Heisman Trophy winner (Gino Torretta, 1992), three consensus All-Americans (Carlos Huerta, Darryl Williams and Warren Sapp), and 13 NFL first-round picks (including Russell Maryland, Cortez Kennedy, Ray Lewis and Sapp).

After a four-year stop in the NFL with the Seattle Seahawks, Erickson coached at Oregon State University from 1999-2002, where he led the Beavers to an 11-1 record in 2000, including a Fiesta Bowl victory over Notre Dame.

He returned to the NFL for three seasons with the San Francisco 49ers(2003-05) and once again became head coach at the University of Idaho for the 2006 season. Erickson was announced as Arizona State University's 22nd head football coach on December 11, 2006.

The Orange Bowl Committee is a not-for-profit, 329-member, all-volunteer organization that exists as a self-sustaining, independent organization supporting and producing activities and events which enhance the image, economy and culture of South Florida. Among the OBC core events are the Orange Bowl Festival, FedEx Orange Bowl and World-Class Halftime Show, the MetroPCS Orange Bowl Basketball Classic, the WaMu Orange Bowl Fan Fest presented by the City of Miami, the Budweiser Orange Bowl Tailgate Party, Boston Market Orange Bowl Youth Football Championships, Orange Bowl Cheer & Dance Championships, Orange Bowl Swim Classic, Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships and Orange Bowl Sailing Regatta Series.

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