Brady Hoke gets defensive coordinator job
Brady Hoke is coming back to college football.
The former Michigan coach has agreed to become the next defensive coordinator at Oregon. Fox Sports college football reporter Bruce Feldman reported the news first and Oregon followed with an official announcement.
Helfrich Adds Former Michigan Head Coach Brady Hoke as Defensive Coordinator https://t.co/y5LDgIso3s
— Oregon Football (@WinTheDay) January 16, 2016
Hoke surfaced as a candidate for the opening at the end of last week. Scout.com reported that Hoke was set to interview for the position along with two USC assistants.
He’ll take over an Oregon defense that had plenty of struggles under Don Pellum, who was demoted to linebackers coach at season’s end.
The Ducks finished 116th of 127 FBS squads in total defense, which was last in the Pac-12. Oregon ended the season on a sour note after blowing a 31-0 halftime lead and losing to TCU in triple overtime in the Alamo Bowl.
Hoke, 57, will return to coaching after taking a year off. Following his firing from Michigan at the end of the 2014 season, Hoke hosted a twice-weekly SiriusXM college football radio show with Mark Packer and lived in North Carolina.
The former Michigan coach was a finalist for the East Carolina head job, but he and the university ultimately couldn’t come to an agreement on assistant salaries.
Hoke will return to B1G country in the third week of the season when the Ducks travel to Nebraska.