The Michigan coaching search is over. After firing Rich Rodriguez last Wednesday, athletic director Dave Brandon spent nearly the last week flying around the country and talking to potential candidates about the job. Earlier today Les Miles announced he was staying put at LSU, and now Michigan has announced the hiring of San Diego State head coach Brady Hoke.
Hoke was an assistant coach at Michigan from 1995-2002. He coached the defensive line and was in Ann Arbor for the first half of Lloyd Carr's tenture as head coach. Hoke left Michigan in '02 to take the Ball State head coaching job. At Ball State he went a combined 15-31 in his first four seasons. In 2006, Hoke coached Ball State to a 7-6 record and a bowl game, and a year later the Cardinals went 12-1.
Hoke left Ball State for San Diego State in 2009. In Hoke's first year at SDSU the Aztecs went 4-8. This past season they went 9-4 and beat Navy in the Poinsettia Bowl. The 9-4 season brings Hoke's career record as a head coach to 47-50.
Michigan AD Dave Brandon had this to say about Hoke in the press release sent out by the school:
"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."
Hoke will be formally introduced at a press conference on Wednesday at 1 p.m. ET. It will be held at the Junge Family Champions Center, which is located right next to Crisler Arena. Wednesday night Michigan hosts Ohio State at Crisler in men's basketball, and the expectation is that Hoke will address the crowd at halftime of the game.
SB Nation Detroit will have much more on the hiring of Brady Hoke in the coming days.