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 at that point 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.
''It was a chance to get back into the Pac-12, and it was close to where I live in Idaho,'' Erickson said. ''More than anything, it was an opportunity to get back into coaching. I was out for that year and I missed it a lot. So I just wanted to get back in. And it's been a lot of fun for me.''
Erickson is charged with helping to install an uptempo 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.