University of Miami

Only Miami head coach to win two titles named to 2019 College Football Hall of Fame

Former Miami coach Dennis Erickson, who was announced as being elected to the 2019 class of the College Football Hall of Fame, rides the shoulders of his UM players after beating Notre Dame in 1989.
Former Miami coach Dennis Erickson, who was announced as being elected to the 2019 class of the College Football Hall of Fame, rides the shoulders of his UM players after beating Notre Dame in 1989. The Miami Herald

He is the University of Miami’s only head football coach to win two national titles.

And now, former Hurricanes coaching great Dennis Erickson is heading to the College Football Hall of Fame.

Erickson’s addition to the 2019 class was announced Monday by the National Football Foundation.

Erickson becomes the fourth Hurricanes coach and 12th Cane overall to be voted into the College Football Hall of Fame, joining Bennie Blades (2006), Don Bosseler (1990), Andy Gustafson (1985), Jack Harding (1980), Ted Hendricks (1987), Jimmy Johnson (2012), Russell Maryland (2011), Ed Reed (2018), Vinny Testaverde (2013), Gino Torretta (2009) and Arnold Tucker (2008).

“Congratulations to Dennis Erickson on his election to the College Football Hall of Fame,” UM athletic director Blake James said in a written release. “He led the Hurricanes to two national championships, and authored one of the most dominant stretches in college football history over his six seasons as our head coach. We are thrilled and honored to have Coach Erickson as the latest representative of The U in the College Football Hall of Fame.”

Erickson’s championships came in 1989 (11-1) and 1991 (12-0).

Erickson posted a 63-9 record with the Canes from 1989 through 1994 for an 87.5 winning percentage, which remains the best in school history. He has coached 21 first-team All-Americans, including College Football Hall of Famers and former Canes greats Russell Maryland and Gino Torretta.

After a four-year stint as coach of the Seattle Seahawks, Erickson returned to the coaching in college. His final two college coaching jobs were at Oregon State (1999-02) and Arizona State (2007-11).

His composite college coaching record: 179-96-1 (65 percent), which included previous jobs at Idaho, Wyoming and Washington State before he came to Coral Gables.

Erickson will begin coaching the Salt Lake Stallions in the Alliance of American Football, a new professional league set to start in February 2019.

Induction for the 2019 class will take place on Dec. 10 at the New York Hilton Midtown.

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Miami Herald sports writer Susan Miller Degnan has been the Miami Hurricanes football beat writer since 2000, the season before the Canes won it all. She has won several APSE national writing awards and has covered everything from Canes baseball to the College Football Playoff to major marathons to the Olympics.
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