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Updated Nov 15, 2011 - 1:01 pm

Dennis Erickson talks job security, desire to keep coaching

To say Dennis Erickson's seat is getting warm would be an understatement.

Thought to be in line for a contract extension only a few weeks ago, the only line many want to see him in is the one with an "unemployment" sign hanging above.

Tuesday Arizona Sports 620's John Gambadoro, who wrote that it's time for a change at ASU, asked the coach about his job security on Burns and Gambo.

"I had even said that if Arizona State loses this game I'll pack Dennis Erickson's bags for him," Gambadoro said. "I'd have to think, at this point, that your job is in jeopardy after these back-to-back losses.

"Your thoughts on that."

Erickson, who has compiled a 31-28 record at ASU, didn't shy away from the question.

"I don't know, I mean, Lisa [Love] and I will talk at the end of the season, when it's all over with," the coach said. "You know, visit and talk about where we're at and so forth.

"That's kind of where it was three weeks ago when we were talking three weeks ago."

Erickson, who said he knows his critics are out there and vocal these days, said all he can do right now is focus on Saturday's game, as his Sun Devils host the rival Arizona Wildcats in the "Duel in the Desert."

From there the team will host California and then, possibly, play in the Pac-12 Championship game. From there the Devils will play in a bowl game, but even that may not be enough to save Erickson's job.

If it does get to that point, though, the 64-year-old hopes this isn't his last stop as a head coach.

"Old coaches, they don't retire, they just kind of die," Erickson joked. "That's what I want to do for a living, still do."


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