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Hoke to coach San Diego State

Monday, December 15, 2008

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) -- Ball State coach Brady Hoke has resigned to accept the same position at San Diego State.

Ball State president Jo Ann Gora said Monday the school wanted to keep Hoke at his alma mater.

"Unfortunately, the recognition that comes with such success made Coach Hoke highly attractive to other programs," Gora said in a release. "None of us wanted to see him go."

Ball State went 12-1 this season, with its only loss against Buffalo in the Mid-American Conference championship game. Hoke went 34-38 in six years at the school, but drew national attention when his team went unbeaten into December.

It is uncertain if Hoke will coach Ball State in the GMAC bowl on Jan. 6.

San Diego State scheduled a news conference for 1 p.m. PST on Tuesday. Despite Ball State's announcement, SDSU officials refused to confirm the hire.

"Nope, I'm not going to confirm it," athletic director Jeff Schemmel said. "When it's time for a press conference we're going to have one."

Told of Ball State's announcement, Schemmel said: "So be it."

Hoke replaces Chuck Long, who was fired in late November. Long was 9-27 in three seasons at SDSU, which hasn't had a winning record since 1998. The Aztecs were 2-10 this year, the school's first 10-loss season.

Gora said Ball State offered Hoke a new contract that would have made him the school's highest-paid employee. She said a base compensation package of $390,000, plus $60,000 in Mid-American Conference performance incentives and up to $255,000 in Bowl Championship Series and national incentives was offered.

"Coach Hoke has had a tremendous amount of success as our head football coach," Cardinals athletic director Tom Collins said. "His offer at San Diego State is a testament to that success. We worked very hard to keep him at Ball State, while also being sensitive to the current economic environment."

Long made just more than $700,000 at SDSU, and Hoke is expected to make a similar amount.

Long was fired after SDSU president Stephen Weber and Schemmel raised just more than $1 million in private money to help buy out the remaining two years of his contract.



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