TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State has fired coach Dennis Erickson after five mediocre years in the desert.

Athletic director Lisa Love made the announcement on Monday, saying the 64-year-old coach represented the university with dignity, even in tough times.

Erickson will be allowed to coach the Sun Devils in their bowl game, which will be determined on Sunday.

Arizona State became bowl-eligible for the first time in four years after starting 6-2, but lost its final four games to miss a shot at playing in Friday’s Pac-12 championship game.

The Sun Devils won 10 games in Erickson’s first season in 2007, but no more than six in each of the four years that followed. He was 31-30 at Arizona State.