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By Donald Lambro
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Topic - Dennis Erickson
After the football games have ended and the leftovers have been stored comes Black Friday, which is supposed to be followed by another uber-shopping spree, Cyber Monday.
Dennis Erickson is out as Arizona State coach, a university official told The Associated Press, after another season in which the results didn't meet the expectations for the Sun Devils.
No. 2 Alabama (8-0, 5-0 SEC) vs. No. 1 LSU (8-0, 5-0), 8 p.m. (CBS).
Illinois' 17-14 win over Arizona State was flawed by just about any measure.
Illinois receiver Darius Millines watched No. 22 Arizona State's win over Missouri last week and came to a conclusion about the big-hitting Sun Devils.
The south steps of Arizona State's football stadium became a shrine in the days after Pat Tillman's death, covered in flags and flowers, signs and mementos.
After three seasons without a bowl game and plenty of speculation about the head coach's job, Arizona State faces something a little different this season: expectations.
Not even an improbable win over rival Arizona was enough to get Arizona State into a bowl.
Arizona State coach Dennis Erickson tried to choose his words carefully when talking about a facemask call on one of his players against Stanford.
Dennis Erickson and Monte Kiffin are both spending the back sides of their coaching careers trying to get headstrong teenagers to understand the same concepts they taught to millionaire professionals for many years.
While Oregon's offense has grabbed most of the attention, the Ducks' defense has methodically shut opponents down in preparation for the Pac-10 season.
Quarterbacks, coaches and playbooks. No matter how good they are, they have to fit together to work well.
Coach Mike Riley and his No. 24 Oregon State players would like nothing better than to squeeze in a preseason tune-up before taking on No. 6 TCU Saturday night in Texas.
Junior Steven Threet will open the season as Arizona State's starting quarterback.
Mike Riley knows a little something about comebacks. It's little wonder his team does as well.
"I don't know that I have ever been through a month like this," Erickson said after the loss to Cal. "We felt that we had a chance to have a great year, then you lose four in a row and just end up with a very, very average year."
"It's very disappointing. It's two steps forward and then one step back," coach Dennis Erickson said. "We're a good football team, we just need to learn from this."