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Former ASU WR blasts Erickson on Twitter

Posted on: June 28, 2011 9:30 am
Edited on: June 28, 2011 10:53 am
Posted by Chip Patterson

Former Arizona State wide receiver Kerry Taylor was not been pleased with the job that coach Dennis Erickson did during Taylor's last years as a Sun Devil. In speaking to Channel 3 TV in Phoenix, Taylor made his opinions on the Arizona State coaching job known, and his comments have caused quite a stir in the ASU community.

Taylor even went on to retweet Tim Ring, from the station, who clearly realized after the interview that he had a bigger story on his hands than catching up with a recently graduated wide receiver. (via Twitter)

A lot of people are asking about the Kerry Taylor interview. This will NOT air on Ch 3 tonight. Coach Erickson will get time to respond.

The interview will be properly vetted with both sides getting a fair chance to have their say. The piece tentatively will air NEXT Sunday.

Erickson's first season at ASU produced a 10-3 record and a share of the Pac-10 regular season title. Since then, however, the Sun Devils have gone 15-21 and failed to reach the postseason. With USC being ineligible to play in the first Pac-12 Championship Game on Dec. 2 because of NCAA sanctions, Arizona State expects to be in a good position to lock up the South Division's berth to the title game.

Until we hear Taylor's interview next week and then Erickson's response; it will be difficult to determine how this will resonate throughout the program. But my feeling is that someone like Erickson will not get ruffled by the grumblings of a recent graduate to a local television station.

As for the players on the team?

Their best move is to follow the lead of their coach, regardless of doubt. He is not going anywhere before the fall, and the Sun Devils have a great opportunity to put themselves back in Pac-12 title contention if they can keep their focus on-field rather than on off-field distractions.

Since: Jun 28, 2011
Posted on: June 28, 2011 3:47 pm

Former ASU WR blasts Erickson on Twitter

Get over it already...he wasn't going to stay at your high school forever. 

Since: Oct 27, 2010
Posted on: June 28, 2011 2:50 pm

Former ASU WR blasts Erickson on Twitter

But my feeling is that someone like Erickson will not get ruffled by the grumblings of a recent graduate to a local television station.

Why should he?  Kerry Taylor was an underachiever by his own fault.  He needs someone to blame for his shortcomings. This is likely sparked by the fact that the NFL has little interest in him and why would they?  I think it unlikely that DE will respond to the remarks.  Taylor has the right to his own opinion and thats all it is. Feel sorry for him. The media of course jumped right on this although I can't see how Taylors remarks carry any credence or impact elsewhere.  DE said he would need five years to turn the program around and thats reasonable for a program that has been dormant for 20 plus years, save one.  Four close losses last year to BCS teams and the return of almost all starters earned the Devils much pre-season recognition and predictions of success.  The Devils are looking for a breakout year giving DE some renewed glory.  After all, he does have two NC rings, how many coaches can say that.  On the downside are injuries in spring ball to two key starters, an unproven kicking game and inexperienced but talented QBs.  Taylor knows all this as well and expects the team to succeed. Thats why he made his remarks before the season started and he was proven wrong on his face.  Make no mistake , the Devils, led by DE, are on the way up.  If DE doesn't do it, noboby can.

Since: May 22, 2008
Posted on: June 28, 2011 1:07 pm

Former ASU WR blasts Erickson on Twitter

What a breaking story here. Former player who was once suspended for a game by the former coach now comes out and says he doesn't like his former coach. This has about the same weight as the Vandal fan's comment above. Sour grapes. Big deal.

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: June 28, 2011 12:13 pm

Former ASU WR blasts Erickson on Twitter

Erickson's reputation precedes him wherever he crawls out from the preverbial rock. 

He is a snake... no ... he is pondscum... no ... he is the bacteria that eats the pondscum.

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