Greg Mattison To Return To Michigan As Brady Hoke's Defensive Coordinator

After Les Miles opted to stay at LSU, Michigan has hired San Diego State head coach Brady Hoke.

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Brady Hoke Hired As Michigan Head Coach

Just hours after Les Miles elected to stay at LSU, Brady Hoke has been hired as the Michigan head coach. Hoke, the head coach at San Diego State, emerged as a top-target of athletic director Dave Brandon on Tuesday after Miles, Jim Harbaugh and others declined to take the job. Reports surfaced earlier in the day that Brandon had been in talks with Hoke and was flying to California to meet with him.

The news was made official with a press release from the Michigan athletic department.

"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 spent the last two seasons at San Diego State, compiling a 13-12 record. That record, however, includes an impressive turnaround, from 4-8 in 2009 to 9-4 with a Poinsettia Bowl win in 2010. Before taking the job at San Diego State, Hoke spent six seasons at Ball State, finishing his last year at 12-1, only losing in the GMAC Bowl.

Hoke will be introduced as the Michigan head coach at a press conference on Wednesday at 1 p.m. EST.

For more on Michigan, visit SB Nation's Maize 'N Brew.


Les Miles Staying At LSU After Meeting With Michigan

Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon has struck out again. After Les Miles reportedly met with Michigan officials on Monday night, the LSU head coach opted to stay in Baton Rouge, spurning the Wolverines in the process. Miles was reportedly very interested in the Michigan head coaching job before announcing his intentions to stay with the Tigers on Tuesday.

LSU released a statement, passed on by Angelique Chengelis on Twitter, announcing that Miles would remain with the Tigers.

Alleva statement: "I am pleased to announce that Les Miles will remain the head coach at LSU."less than a minute ago via web


Miles becomes the second high-profile coaching candidate to turn down Michigan in as many weeks. Jim Harbaugh was reportedly the top-target for Brandon after Rich Rodriguez was fired, but also opted to stay away from Ann Arbor, instead choosing to become the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers.

With Miles out of the picture, Michigan's options become even more limited. Brady Hoke, head coach of the San Diego State Aztecs, has seen his name thrown into the ring before and could become a target of Michigan soon.

For more on LSU and Miles, check out SB Nation's And The Valley Shook.


Report: Les Miles Met With Michigan AD Monday Night

WAFB in Louisiana is reporting that the worst-kept secret in college football is in motion. Monday night, LSU head coach Les Miles reportedly met with Michigan AD Dave Brandon at Miles’ house.

Brandon and two other Michigan representatives left the meeting and were taken to Baton Rouge Metro Airport in a Cadillac Escalade, where they were seen boarding Brandon’s Domino’s Pizza plane at 7:40 p.m. The plane left moments later.

The jet, on loan to Brandon, landed in Baton Rouge Monday afternoon fueling speculation that he was on his way to a meeting with Miles.

Earlier in the day, Miles spoke at a press conference to announce that junior cornerback Patrick Peterson would enter the NFL Draft. During the presser, Miles said he met with LSU players Monday morning and told them he expects to remain at LSU.

We know Miles isn’t going to say anything that makes sense in response to a direct question about the job, so we’ll likely hear something from Michigan in the next day or so.


Rich Rodriguez Not Fired Until Michigan AD Dave Brandon Says So

Just hold your coaching carousel horses there one confounded minute, media speculators and internet prospectors. Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon is the boss around here, consarnit, and he'll have you know that Rich Rodriguez will not be fired until Dave Brandon says he is fired. Dave Brandon is the decider:

The University of Michigan has denied reports that Rich Rodriguez has been fired. The school released a statement that said:

"This is media speculation at this point the definitive voice on this matter is [Athletic Director] Dave Brandon and he has not and will not speak publicly until a final decision has been made."

It will be a shame if he's still there next year, really, for all involved, because a) the Detroit Free Press will never, ever stop hounding after his destruction, and b) there's still an opening for the skipper's chair at Pitt, and wouldn't that make for a howdy-do of a Backyard Brawl.

Get your fix of Michigan athletics news at SB Nation's Maize N Brew and SB Nation Detroit.

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