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.