Michigan Wolverines Name Brady Hoke Head Football Coach

January 11th, 2011- By Bryan Cross

Reports out of Ann Arbor this afternoon are that the Michigan Wolverines have hired San Diego State head coach Brady Hoke to come in a lead the Wolverines into their next era.

Hoke led San Diego State (9-4) to a nine-win season capped off by a 35-14 win over Navy in the Poinsettia Bowl back on Dec. 23, and ever since has been among those dubbed a hot commodity for head coaching vacancies this off season.

Apparently, Michigan and athletic director Dave Brandon have found their man, just a couple of weeks after firing Rich Rodriguez after three seasons he spent as the head coach for the Wolverines.

Reports earlier this week was the Michigan was going after LSU head coach Les Miles, even going so far as to meet with Miles on Monday.  It was announced early in the afternoon on Tuesday though that Miles will remain with the Tigers going forward.

“I am pleased to announce that Les Miles will remain the head coach at LSU,” LSU Athletic director Joe Alleva said. “Les has led this program to many great successes on the field and his players represent LSU well off the field. We look forward to many great years of LSU football under his leadership.”

Hoke has been head coach of San Diego State since 2009, after coaching from 2003-08 at Ball State, his Alma mater, and building a successful program there. Michigan will hold a press conference sometime on Wednesday to make it official.

Details of any contract are not yet known as of this point in time.

Hoke nearly led San Diego State to victories over Missouri and No.3 TCU this season, losing 40-35 to the horned Frogs.

Early College football betting lines for the 2012 BCS National Championship have set Michigan at 80 to 1 to win the national title.


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