The San Diego State Aztecs are enjoying success, and they in large part have their head coach, Brady Hoke, to thank.
Because of the success the Aztecs have had this season, Hoke is getting noticed around the college football landscape—so much so that he was being looked at as a candidate for the head coaching position at the University of Minnesota, as well as Indiana.
Hoke took his name out of the running and told San Diego State he was going to be loyal to their program.
This also may have been a preemptive strike, as Hoke might have been interested in the Michigan job if in fact it does come open, which it's been rumored to after the school makes a decision about Rich Rodriguez's future.
Due to all that and the possibility Hoke could be courted by other schools, San Diego State awarded him with a brand new five-year extension, which was completed on Sunday. The details of the contract are not yet known, but there is a press conference scheduled for 1:30 pm Pacific to announce the new deal.
What is known, according to an article from Brent Schrotenboer of the San Diego Union Tribune, is it will pay Hoke more than the $700,000 he was due to make next season, and it will also extend the length of his contract from 2013 to the 2015 season.
The one thing that Brady Hoke can claim is leading the team to its very first bowl appearance in 12 years, as the Aztecs will take on Navy in the Poinsettia Bowl.
San Diego State almost made national news when it looked as if they had traveled to Missouri and knocked off the Tigers on the road. They had taken the lead with under two minutes to go in the fourth quarter, but the Tigers pulled off a miraculous win, mostly blamed on the lack of tackling by the Aztecs defense.
It was a disappointing loss, but one that opened a lot of eyes in San Diego.
Their 8-4 season included wins over then-23rd-ranked Air Force, almost upsetting third-ranked TCU on the road and losing a heartbreaker to Utah, 38-34.
Despite losing two of their final three games, the Aztecs are still very much a team to watch in the Mountain West for years to come. Having a head coach like Brady Hoke will bring them some big years in a city that needs something to look forward to.
This is a great move for San Diego State to lock up a head coach that is finally bringing success to a program that hasn't seen much of that since running back Marshall Faulk donned the red and black.
Who's to say that the Aztecs won't challenge Boise State for the top spot in the Mountain West within a few years? The way things look now, they are going in the right direction to do just that.
Unfortunately for San Diego sports, this announcement comes on the heels of the San Diego Padres losing All-Star first baseman Adrian Gonzalez after being traded to the Red Sox and the San Diego Chargers getting embarrassed by the Oakland Raiders in San Diego.
Who would have ever thought the San Diego State football would be the only San Diego team that would see a postseason game in 2010?
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