Nov 14, 2023 - Sports

Head coach Hoke out at SDSU

Retiring SDSU football coach Brady Hoke

Retiring SDS head coach Brady Hoke during September's game against UCLA at Snapdragon Stadium. Photo: Tom Hauck/Getty Images

San Diego State will have a new football coach next year.

Driving the news: The university announced Monday morning that Brady Hoke is retiring at the end of the season, which will not include a bowl game for the first time since 2009.

Why it matters: One year after opening the $310 million Snapdragon Stadium, the university's football program is in flux, sitting in last place in a conference it tried to exit this summer, searching for a new coach, and playing for half-capacity crowds. That ultimately led the school to offer complimentary tickets for remaining games earlier this month.

The intrigue: Hoke's departure was framed as a retirement, but the Union-Tribune reported he was forced out.

  • The distinction isn't just gossip: Hoke's contract carried a $4.8-million buyout that would be in play if he was fired.
  • The Union-Tribune reported Hoke and the university were still negotiating a buyout as of Sunday night.

What we're watching: Hoke's contract, which had three years remaining, paid him $1.27 million per year, ranking him eighth among the 12 coaches in the Mountain West Conference, and 78 th among the 119 coaches included in USA Today's salary database.

  • Does measuring up to the university's ambitions for its football program mean spending a lot more on a coach to replace Hoke?
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