PORTLAND, Ore. - Oregon State head coach Dennis Erickson has taken the job of head coach for the San Francisco 49ers (news), Oregon State University confirmed Tuesday.
Hal Cowan, sports information director at OSU, confirmed the news, but would not comment further.
Erickson, 55, was among several candidates being considered to replace Steve Mariucci. Defensive coordinators Jim Mora Jr. of San Francisco, Ted Cottrell of the New York Jets (news) and Greg Blache of the Chicago Bears (news) all had second interviews last week.
The 49ers general manager, longtime UCLA coach Terry Donahue, was also considering Oregon coach Mike Bellotti, Erickson and Washington coach Rick Neuheisel.
Erickson coached the Seattle Seahawks (news) from 1995-98, when the team was 31-33. He went 31-17 at Oregon State with a 1-2 bowl record.
Erickson won a national title at the University of Miami, going 63-9 with a 3-3 bowl record in six seasons.
Anyone surprised at this move ? what do you guys think of Erickson ?