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Brady Hoke now a candidate for Minnesota job

Posted on: November 10, 2010 11:58 am
 
Posted by Tom Fornelli

Ever since Minnesota fired Tim Brewster, the school's head has been in the clouds when considering who to hire to replace him.  Names like Chris Petersen, Gary Patterson, Jim Harbaugh, and somebody at the school has probably wondered about Bear Bryant too.  The thing that all these coaches have in common -- well, not the late, great Mr. Bryant -- is that if they were to leave their current jobs to take over at Minnesota, they'd be taking a step backward.   Which Minnesota just doesn't seem to get.

Which is why I was somewhat relieved to see the latest name to come up in the Gophers coaching search, because this one actually seems sensible. According to a report in the Pioneer Press, Brady Hoke of San Diego State is now on the list of "serious" coaching candidates.   Which just makes sense, so kudos to you, Minnesota.

Hoke has experience in the Big Ten, spending eight years at Michigan as a defensive coach and is from Ohio.  He also led Ball State to a 12-1 mark in 2008 before moving on to San Diego State.  Now, in his second season there, Hoke has the Aztecs at 7-2 with a chance at a Mountain West title if they can pull off the upset of TCU this weekend.

In other words, he's a coach that has had to work his way up the ladder, and had success everywhere he's been.  You don't think he'd be interested in coming back to the Big Ten -- most certainly a step forward for him -- and taking over the Minnesota job?  The most important thing for Minnesota to consider, though, is that it's not the the only school who has likely taken notice of Hoke.  Colorado has an opening right now, too, and it's likely going to turn its attention to Hoke soon as well.
Comments

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: November 11, 2010 11:50 am
 

Brady Hoke now a candidate for Minnesota job


was that SDSUs football players or B ball players that were arrested this weekend in downtown san diego for jumping at guy in a club ??

sti,
It was basketball, they didn't "jump" him, and they weren't arrested.





Since: Nov 5, 2008
Posted on: November 11, 2010 1:38 am
 

Brady Hoke now a candidate for Minnesota job

Minnesota is fermenting at the bottom of the Big Ten. Their last national championship was 60 years ago. They haven't been respectable on the gridiron in a long time. Point is, this isn't a time to expect coaches who are at the heights of their careers. One name that I didn't see above would be my first choice: Troy Calhoun of Air Force. Maybe Minnesota isn't into the idea of a "gimmick" offense, but that's the best they'll do. Calhoun's Falcons are winning games, competitive with/beating BCS opponents, and winning bowl games.

It's either him or Mike Leach.





Since: Aug 1, 2009
Posted on: November 10, 2010 7:59 pm
 

Brady Hoke now a candidate for Minnesota job

was that SDSUs football players or B ball players that were arrested this weekend in downtown san diego for jumping at guy in a club ??



Since: Dec 6, 2007
Posted on: November 10, 2010 7:55 pm
 

Brady Hoke now a candidate for Minnesota job

I hope Hoke continues to build SDSU into a power.  He seems to like being there and has a great thing going.  They had Mizzou beat
earlier this year if not for a miscue and can play with anyone.



Since: Jun 13, 2010
Posted on: November 10, 2010 5:53 pm
 

Brady Hoke now a candidate for Minnesota job

Don’t believe Hoke will take either job.  Not that it wouldn't be a "step-up" (maybe), but if he continues to build SDSU over the next year or two, much more high profile schools will go after him.  Perhaps Notre Dame or Michigan will come a call’n if their programs don’t turned around in a big hurry. 

Being an SDSU fan, hope he stays forever, but understand that won’t happen – I just think he knows he has a good thing going, where he’s built a solid foundation that will lead to further success at SDSU and to bigger name opportunities in the near future. 



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