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Rams Fan
01-11-2011, 04:02 PM
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan picked San Diego State's Brady Hoke as its new football coach on Tuesday, hours after LSU said Les Miles would be staying in the Bayou.

Hoke is not a Michigan man -- he's a Ball State alumnus -- but he is a former Wolverines assistant and athletic director Dave Brandon praised him highly in announcing the decision.


"We are pleased to announce the hiring of Brady," Brandon said. "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."

Hoke, who will be introduced at a news conference in Ann Arbor on Wednesday, spent eight seasons as a head coach at Ball State (2003-08) before leading the Aztecs (2009-10). A defensive line coach at Michigan, Hoke helped the defense lead the nation in rushing defense and was on the staff during the 1997 national championship run. During his tenure, Michigan went 5-3 against rivals Michigan State and Ohio State and in bowl games.

He replaces Rich Rodriguez, who was fired after going 15-22 in three disappointing seasons with the Wolverines. That includes an 0-6 mark against the Buckeyes and Spartans.

Rodriguez was fired after going 15-22 in three seasons with college football's winningest program and he also embarrassed alumni and others by getting hit with NCAA violations tied to practice time. He replaced retired coach Lloyd Carr in a marriage that seemed doomed from the start.

Brandon bought out the last three seasons of Rodriguez's contract for $2.5 million on the first anniversary of taking the job. His latest decision was a big one, too.

Brandon needed to find a new coach who would fit in on the field and campus along with exciting a fan base and donors who fill the Big House and new luxury suites.

Whether Hoke can do those things is an open question and the last week was full of speculation that Miles would be the best choice Brandon could make. The LSU coach was a popular choice among fans when Carr announced he was retiring after the 2007 season, but he stayed in Baton Rouge then and did again this time around.

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=6012465

Jewish Rabbi
01-11-2011, 04:05 PM
Buck is gonna be pissed!

Bane
01-11-2011, 04:06 PM
BWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!

Reerun_KC
01-11-2011, 04:06 PM
Herm to SDSU?

Would be like getting the SMU treatment...

CaliforniaChief
01-11-2011, 04:07 PM
That's a good hire for Michigan.

mikeyis4dcats.
01-11-2011, 04:09 PM
wow....guess everyone else got scared off.

ArrowheadHawk
01-11-2011, 04:11 PM
I thought Michigan was big time college football?

Extra Point
01-11-2011, 04:11 PM
jwhit's wish comes true. Another undigested kernel for the blind hog.

Pitt Gorilla
01-11-2011, 04:12 PM
Interestingly, Pinkel turned down Michigan for an interview.

http://www.mrsec.com/2011/01/miles-michigan-rumors-heat-up/

|Zach|
01-11-2011, 04:13 PM
Interestingly, Pinkel turned down Michigan for an interview.

http://www.mrsec.com/2011/01/miles-michigan-rumors-heat-up/

Yes.

Stinger
01-11-2011, 04:15 PM
Herm to SDSU?

Would be like getting the SMU treatment...

Actually I might be in the minority... but I think that Herm could actually thrive at the college level.

Bane
01-11-2011, 04:15 PM
Actually I might be in the minority... but I think that Herm could actually thrive at the college level.

Only at USC!

WebGem
01-11-2011, 04:23 PM
Sometimes the 4th time is the charm.

Seriously.

Detoxing
01-11-2011, 04:26 PM
That really sucks. SDSU was on the verge of being a decent program. These smaller schools just can't compete.

tk13
01-11-2011, 04:38 PM
They made a great hire. He will bring NFL level talent to Michigan. And they will play defense.

milkman
01-11-2011, 07:23 PM
I wonder why Les Miles even considered teh position.

Why would anyone leave the SEC to go to one of the conferences that can't count?

Hoke is a good hire for Michigan, but the big boys are in the SEC.

WebGem
01-11-2011, 07:27 PM
Watch for Brady Hoke to try to bring his coordinators, Rocky Long and Al Borges, to Michigan

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