Say goodbye to San Diego State’s football coach. Michigan has picked Brady Hoke to take over at the University of Michigan.
Athletic director Dave Brandon announced the decision Tuesday after flying his private jet to Orange County; hours after LSU said Les Miles would be staying with the Tigers.
“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.”
San Diego State football fans have been steeling themselves for the seemingly inevitable announcement that the head coach is leaving.
Hoke coached San Diego State in 2009-10 and was the Ball State coach from 2003-08. He replaces Rich Rodriguez, who was fired last week after three disappointing seasons.
On Tuesday, LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva announced that LSU coach Miles will return to Baton Rouge next season. Miles, a proven BCS-conference coach and a former Michigan player and coach, seemed to be the other likely candidate -- and the best bet to keep Hoke in San Diego.
In six seasons with the Tigers, Miles has a 62-17 record, five bowl victories and one national title.
Miles met with Michigan officials on Monday to talk about the job, but Miles decided to try to build on the success he's already had at LSU rather than rebuild the team for which he once played.