Now that Rich Rodriguez has reportedly been fired as Michigan Wolverines head coach (and with Stanford Cardinal coach Jim Harbaugh reportedly no longer a candidate to replace him), San Diego St. Aztecs head coach Brady Hoke’s name is suddenly all over Michigan as a potential replacement.
The Detroit News lists Hoke as an alternative to Harbaugh, FOX’s Detroit affiliate lists Hoke alongside Harbaugh as being on a “list of candidates,” and Michigan Live approves of the potential Hoke hire, among others.
Hoke coached defensive line at Michigan from 1995 to 2002, leaving to take the head coaching job at Ball State, where he had played linebacker from 1977 to 1980. From there he moved to SDSU in 2009.
Born in Ohio, his only coaching jobs outside of the Midwest have been stints as Oregon State’s D line coach and the SDSU job. Other than that he’s coached all over Indiana, along with jobs in Ohio and Michigan. His brother is an assistant for the Chicago Bears — it really doesn’t get more Midwest than the Hoke family.
He has a 47-50 head coaching record, but both of his gigs have been turnaround projects. In six years he took Ball State from 4-8 to a 12-1 MAC title, and San Diego State improved by five wins and collected a bowl win in his second season.