San Diego State fans have endured enough losing ever since Marshall Faulk left campus and were hoping for a Hail Mary that LSU's Les Miles would take the Michigan job, but Miles chose to stay at LSU. This means Brady Hoke who turned around a laughing stock of a program to a nine-win team that won it's first bowl win since the 1969 Pasadena Bowl in only two years is now on his way to coach at Michigan.
ANN ARBOR - University of Michigan Athletic Director Dave Brandon announced today (Tuesday, Jan. 11) the hiring of Brady Hoke as the 19th coach in the 131-year history of Michigan football. Hoke arrives in Ann Arbor after spending the past eight seasons as a head coach at Ball State (2003-08) and San Diego State (2009-10).
"We are pleased to announce the hiring of Brady," said Brandon. "He is a terrific coach and will be a great ambassador and leader for our football program. We look forward to having him build a championship program on the field and in the classroom."
I can already for see the tweet by our Aztec writer Sam saying how San Diego sports are cursed.
Hoke did amazing things at San Diego State in his two years there, he took over a program that lacked discipline and was very out of shape to the complete opposite. Former head coach Chuck Long ran a power run offense that had very little success and Hoke was able to change the system to a more open passing game in a short time with the same recruits that Long failed with.
Hoke also turned around a Ball State program that was nothing until he arrived and peaked with a 12-0 undefeated regular season before falling in the MAC title game right before he came to San Diego State. He was at Michigan from 1995-2002 as a defensive line coach and since he coached under Lloyd Carr the older alums will certainly approve of this hire.
A press conference is going to be held at 11 a.m. MT tomorrow to introduce Hoke as the latest Michigan head coach. Now onto the awkward part, San Diego State travels to take on Michigan on Sept. 24, 2010.
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