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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Brady Hoke Named New Michigan Coach

Brady Hoke has been hired as the new Michigan football coach, the school announced Tuesday afternoon.

"We are pleased to announce the hiring of Brady," athletic director Dave Brandon said in a statement. "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, 52, was an assistant coach at Michigan from 1995-2002 before leaving to become Ball State's head coach. In five seasons at Ball State, Hoke built the Cardinals from a floundering program into a 12-win team. In 2009, Hoke went to San Diego State and compiled a 4-8 record in his first season. In 2010, he turned the Aztecs into a 9-4 squad. The season culminated with a convincing 35-14 win over Navy in the Poinsettia Bowl.

Hoke will replace Rich Rodriguez, who was terminated after three seasons in Ann Arbor. The announcement will formally take place at a press conference Wednesday at 1 p.m. ET at the Junge Family Champions Center on Michigan's campus.

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