The contract of new Arizona State football coach Dennis Erickson was discussed in executive session by the Arizona Board of Regents on Thursday and will likely be on the agenda at the board’s next meeting, in March.
Details of Erickson’s five-year deal — one of five coaches’ contracts discussed at the board meeting in Tempe — were unavailable because executive session proceedings, per state law, are not disclosed.
Coaches at each of the state’s three Division I universities typically have contracts reviewed in executive session, then submitted for approval at the following meeting. Until approval is granted by the regents, a coach technically works without a contact, though a letter-of-intent agreement exists between him or her and the school.
Meanwhile, Sun Devils defensive tackle Martin Tevaseu has quit the team, making him the first player departure of the Erickson era.
Tevaseu’s leaving was not related to the coaching change, however. A knee injury suffered before the 2006 season prevented him from appearing in a game for ASU and has likely ended his playing career.
A sophomore who transferred to ASU from Santa Rosa (Calif.) Junior College, Tevaseu was listed at 6-foot-3, 335 pounds. He gained weight during inactivity after surgery on the knee, making rehabilitation more challenging.
His absence will likely speed the development of fellow defensive tackles Jon Hargis and Zach Niusulu, freshmen who redshirted in ’06.
Before Tevaseu’s departure, every Sun Devil player eligible to return for the 2007 season was attending spring semester classes — a rarity following a change of coaches.
ASU takes the field under Erickson for the first time when it begins spring drills on March 19. The 15-workout session concludes with the spring game on April 14 at Sun Devil Stadium.