Posted by Chip Patterson
When news broke that Minnesota had found their man with Jerry Kill, the happiest fans may have been at San Diego State. The Aztecs were in jeopardy of losing head coach Brady Hoke to the Golden Gophers, and they will express their gratitude for his return.
It's the kind of expression that all of us enjoy - the one with commas.
The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that San Diego State will announce a new contract for Hoke at a press conference on Monday. The deal is expected to include two more years on his current contract, as well as an increase from his current $700,000 salary. Hoke is currently in year two of his original five-year contract.
San Diego State had already claimed they were willing to fight for Hoke when his name was being discussed at Minnesota and also with the open position at Indiana. Athletic director Jim Sterk said last week that an unidentified donor had pledged $5 million to support the football program, which includes retaining the head coach.
The Aztecs finished 8-4 this season, and will play against Navy in the San Diego Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl on December 23. The game, played in Qualcomm Stadium, will basically be a home game for San Diego State. It is the first bowl game for the program since the Las Vegas Bowl in 1998, a 20-13 loss to North Carolina.