University of Utah football will yet again shake up its offensive coaching staff in 2017.
The school terminated the contract of co-offensive coordinator Aaron Roderick, head coach Kyle Whittingham announced Friday in a news release from the school. Additionally, longtime college and pro coach Dennis Erickson, Utah’s assistant head coach, announced his retirement.
Roderick coached at Utah for 12 years after being hired to Whittingham’s first coaching staff in 2005. He served as receivers coach, quarterbacks coach and two stints as co-offensive coordinator in his tenure.
Most recently, he was co-offensive coordinator for the 2015 and 2016 seasons, sharing duties with offensive line coach Jim Harding.
The decision to let Roderick go will give Utah its ninth different offensive coordinator arrangement in 10 seasons. Roderick and Harding’s shared duties from 2015-16 marked the first time the Utes had the same offensive coordinator arrangement in consecutive seasons since 2008.
“Aaron has been an incredibly loyal member of our staff for many years and has been an integral part of this program’s growth,” Whittingham said in the release.
Whittingham did not announce a timetable for replacing the two coaches and it is unclear if Harding will take sole possession of offensive coordinator duties — or if Utah will again be looking to hire such a coach.
Erickson’s retirement ostensibly ends a coaching run that began in 1971. He held college head coaching positions at Miami — where he won two national championships — Arizona State, Oregon State, Idaho, Wyoming and Washington State during his career.
Erickson was also twice an NFL head coach, with the Seattle Seahawks from 1995-98 and the San Francisco 49ers from 2003-04.
He, too, spent a season as offensive coordinator at Utah, later coaching running backs and holding the title of assistant head coach.
“Dennis is one of the most respected coaches in the history of college football and the opportunity to work side by side with him and learn from him has been an invaluable experience,” Whittingham said in the release.
“Both Dennis and Aaron have been instrumental to the success of our program and we appreciate their contributions.”