Brady Hoke Leaves San Diego State for University of Michigan as their New Football Coach
According to ESPN College Football, the University of Michigan fired head football coach Rich Rodriguez last Wednesday, “ending a disappointing three-year tenure marred by embarrassing losses and NCAA violations at college football’s winningest program”and spent no time hiring San Diego State head football coach Brady Hoke to fill that position as the 19th head coach in Michigan’s history after his 2 seasons in San Diego.
According to Sign On San Diego Sports, SDSU is expected to announce its defensive coordinator, Rocky Long, as the Aztecs’ 18th head coach tomorrow.
The University of Michigan can pay off Rodriguez’s three remaining contract years at $2.5 million while Hoke will be required to pay SDSU $1 million to buy out his three remaining years.
“I firmly believe Long will be the head coach and Al (Borges, SDSU’s offensive coordinator) will go with Brady,” said Walter Sullivan, who represents Long and Borges. “Rocky will want to keep doing things the way they’ve been done. He’ll keep the continuity with the recruits.”
According to Sign On San Diego Sports, Hoke, the 2010 Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year, informed SDSU during his initial interview back in 2008 that he had his sights set on Michigan as his “ultimate career goal.” A San Diego State spokesman said the school has no comment.
This is the third head coaching job for Hoke.
In a statement issued Thursday, Rodriguez said, “I am proud of the dedication and commitment exhibited by the coaching staff and student-athletes who have represented the University of Michigan football program over the last three seasons. While I am disappointed to depart Ann Arbor before we were able to reach the level of success we had in our sights, I am confident that the players who remain have the potential to do great things and to return the Wolverines to greatness,” per a ESPN College Football report.