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The former Cougar coach spent 39 years coaching college football

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Dennis Erickson wasn’t at Washington State for very long but the former Cougar coach has nothing but great things to say about his time spent in the rolling hills of the Palouse. On Monday it was announced that the 71-year-old coach will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame for the 2019 class.

Erickson was with the Cougars for just two years from 1987-88 and led the Cougars to a 3-7-1 record followed by a 9-3 record before his departure for Miami. This was not his first head coaching job on the Palouse however as he spent four seasons with the Idaho Vandals from 1982-85. He would later return to Idaho in 2006 for a season before heading to Arizona State where he spent 5 seasons.

While most of his success comes from his tenure at Miami where he went 63-9 and won two National Titles in six seasons, there are a few things that Washington State can thank him for. When Erickson was a junior in high school he beat out the guy who would follow him in Pullman, Mike Price, for the starting quarterback job. Years later, Price would be recommended to become the next head coach for the Cougars by his friend and former high school teammate. Price would utilize much of the talent and schemes that Erickson put in place and lead the Cougars to an 83-78 overall record including two Rose Bowl appearances.

Erickson will join William Dietz, Forest Evashevski, and Orin Hollingberry and four players as the only Cougars to be in the Hall of Fame.

He will be officially inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame on December 10, 2019 at the NFF Awards Dinner in New York City. Erickson joins 13 players and one other coach to be inducted in the 2019 class.

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Football:

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