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Dennis Erickson Issues Statement

Dennis Erickson, after being officially released as the head coach of the Arizona State University football team, issued the following statement:

"I would like to thank the administration of Arizona State University for giving me the opportunity to coach and direct the football program for five years.  President Crow and Lisa Love were tremendous to work with.

"I also want to thank the players and my coaching staff.  I am proud of what we accomplished in five years.  The program is in good shape for the next coach.

"Lastly, I would like thank the fans and especially the students for their support.  The school record 12,500 students at the Arizona game was quite a boost to the team.

"ASU is a great university and a great place to go to school.  I will always cherish my memories here."    

Between Erickonson's kind words and those of his boss Lisa Love and the fact that he's being allowed to stay on and coach the team in a bowl game it seems like all sides are shooting for a friendly breakup.