IRVING, Texas — Dennis Erickson, who played and coached at Montana State, is on the ballot to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
The National Football Foundation (NFF) and College Hall of Fame released the 2019 ballot, which includes 176 players and 38 coaches, on Monday.
Erickson was nominated for his work at the FBS coaching level, where he coached at Idaho, Wyoming, Washington State, Miami (Fla.), Oregon State and Arizona State. He won national championships in 1989 and 1991 while coaching the Hurricanes and had an 87.5 win percentage, the highest in program history. He was also the first coach to win Pac-12 coach of the year honors at three different programs, earning the award in 1988 at Washington State, in 2000 and Oregon State and in 2007 at Arizona State.
Erickson got his coaching start as a graduate assistant at Montana State in 1969 after playing for the Bobcats from 1966-68. He helped lead MSU to Big Sky Conference championships all three years and twice earned all-conference honors. Erickson was inducted into the Montana State Hall of Fame in 1991.
After one season as MSU’s graduate assistant, Erickson coached at Billings Central Catholic High School in 1970, guiding the Rams to the Class A state playofffs in his one season. He then returned to MSU and coached on Sonny Holland’s staff from 1971-73.
Erickson was inducted into the Montana Football Hall of Fame in 2017.
The 2019 College Football Hall of Fame class will be announced on Jan. 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, Calif., and officially inducted on Dec. 10, 2019 at the 62nd NFF Annual Awards Dinner in New York.
To be eligible for induction, head coaches must have coached for a minimum of 10 years and 100 games with a .600 winning percentage. To view the full ballot, please click here.