(Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated. AP Photos planned. )By ANNE M. PETERSONAP Sports Writer
Turns out Dennis Erickson found life without football pretty boring.
The veteran college coach took a season off after he was let go by Arizona State in 2011, thinking maybe he'd retire. But after sitting out and watching fall Saturdays pass him by, he decided he'd had enough. Erickson was hired in January as a co-offensive coordinator at Utah under head coach Kyle Whittingham.
Erickson is charged with helping to install an up-tempo offense, giving the Utes a new look heading into their third year in the Pac-12. He's working with fellow offensive coordinator Brian Johnson, the former Utah quarterback who played from 2004-08 and went a school-record 26-7 as a starter.
Erickson led Miami to national championships in 1989 and 1991. Utah is his fourth Pac-12 school.