The college coaching carousel has done it again. San Diego State announced that Rocky Long has stepped down, and Brady Hoke is back at the helm. Hoke, Long’s predecessor, spent the past season serving as defensive line coach under Long.
Hoke posted a 13-12 record in his first stint as head coach of the Aztecs in 2009 and 2010. This time around, he has big shoes to fill. Throughout his tenure, Long led the Aztecs to nine straight winning seasons and three Mountain West conference titles, including four 10-win seasons in the past five years. Long left as the program’s second-winningest coach (82), behind Don Coryell.
Hoke, who departed from the program to take the reins at Michigan, has an overall record of 78-72 as coach at Ball State, San Diego State, Michigan and Tennessee (where he served as interim coach for the final two games of 2017).
How will he fair in his second stint with the Aztecs? It has been a mixed bag for the other coaches who have returned to teams they previously coached.
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