Michigan hires San Diego State's Hoke
Brady Hoke is returning to a program he helped as an assistant from 1995 to 2002.
January 11th, 2011
05:08 PM ET

Michigan hires San Diego State's Hoke

After the University of Michigan fired head football coach Rich Rodriguez this month, some fans clamored for a "Michigan man," someone - unlike Rodriguez - who was previously connected to the storied program. If that was their main condition, they have gotten their wish.

Michigan said Tuesday it has hired Brady Hoke as its 19th head football coach. Hoke, who most recently spent two seasons coaching San Diego State, was a defensive line assistant coach at Michigan from 1995 to 2002. That span includes Michigan's 1997 national championship season.

"We are pleased to announce the hiring of Brady," Michigan Athletic Director Dave Brandon said in a statement. "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."

The announcement of the hiring of Hoke - who also was the head coach of his alma mater, Ball State, from 2003 to 2008 - came after media reports that Louisiana State University head coach Les Miles, who also had been a Michigan assistant and was courted by Michigan after Rodriguez's firing, decided to stay at LSU.

Hoke was named the 2010 Mountain West Conference coach of the year after guiding San Diego State to a 9-4 record and its first bowl game in 12 years. The Aztecs beat Navy 35-14 in the Poinsettia Bowl.

Rodriguez was fired last week after a stormy three years at the team's helm. Michigan went 3-9 in his first year - the program's first losing season since 1967 - and 5-7 the next. The Wolverines went 7-6 in his third year, including a 38-point loss to Mississippi State in the Gator Bowl - their largest margin of loss ever in any bowl game.

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  1. RUFFNUTT

    Michigan people are lazy.. so why wouldn't there football teams lose. they probablly stop running and trying after the first half and start dreamming of eating cheese curds.

    January 11, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • yep

      I think you've gotten Michigan confused with Wisconsin. You're not bright enough to go here.

      January 11, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. jason

    Hey Ruffnut...with your MANY spelling and grammar errors...you'd benefit nicely with some Michigan education...loser.

    January 11, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • RUFFNUTT

      you stink of cheese-curds.

      January 11, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Charmen

    Ruffnutt you must be from OH you hater! Get your facts straight before posting nonsense! MI – FYI * there is no more room for error. This year is our year of redemption!
    GO BLUE!

    January 11, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • RUFFNUTT

      ohio state is going to kick your hind end.

      January 11, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Troy

    I'm not to excited with their coach selection. I believe Rich Rod deserved one more year. The AD needs to learn from his mistake and not wait so long to make his choice. We all knew Rich was out, but instead of announcing it he waited, there goes another recruiting class!

    January 11, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • ball state alum

      After seeing what Hoke did at Ball State and then again at SDSU, everyone better look out!! This guy can flat out coach!! He took lesser players and made them stars. For example, look at Ball St., with the same caliber of players, they went 2-10 the year after Hoke left. He took a crappy SDSU program to a bowl in two years. They smashed a solid Navy team in the bowl. This guy will have you relevant in two years...mark my words....aha good timing for Notre Dame-MIchigan revival that will finally mean something. Go Irish!!! Congrats UM...your on your way back!

      January 11, 2011 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. RUFFNUTT

    it's apperant that they hate mexicans in michigan and fired the guy cause his last name was of mexican decent..

    January 11, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dr. Son

    Ruffnutt, you are obviously of hilarious descent.

    January 11, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. RUFFNUTT

    you think coach hoke will teach them the hokey pokey?

    January 11, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Cesar

    Coach Hoke has proven himself. I think Michigan will be very defense oriented and get to the Rose Bowl within three years-no easy task.

    January 11, 2011 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    dayum ruffnutt there u are bashin my state again?@ i thought u learned not to do that anymore but guess ur tmi...and since ur so much smarter than everyone else tell us what that means and how i can apply that to u mr brainiac

    January 11, 2011 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  10. RUFFNUTT

    i posted this stuff earlier.. 😦

    January 11, 2011 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  11. chrissy

    oh guess that means u have learned the error of ur ways ok just so u know better now!

    January 11, 2011 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mmmmm

    Is it just me? The coach ooks like he's about to take off where the bumblebee left off...coach we need the real bumblebees NOT you!

    January 12, 2011 at 1:23 am | Report abuse |
  13. MichiganGuy

    I don't really care about college ball, but I'm worried that this guy couldn't beat relevant teams. Oh well let's see what happens. If the Lions can win 4 in a row against relevant teams then maybe the wolverines can too.

    January 12, 2011 at 1:37 am | Report abuse |
  14. Turtle H

    Has the state of Hawaii reported having snow? If not, 48 states are reporting having snow or are there now 51 states in the U. S.?

    January 12, 2011 at 6:36 am | Report abuse |
  15. Themisf Yassop

    Itis great that you are getting ideas from this article as well as from our argument made at this place.

    July 17, 2012 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |