San Diego State has called a 1 p.m. news conference to announce the successor to Chuck Long, fired Nov. 22 after posting a 9-27 record in three seasons, including 2-10 this season.
The San Diego Union-Tribune reported the hiring of Hoke, citing unnamed sources close to the situation. University officials told The Union-Tribune they would not have any comment until an announcement is made.
The other finalists were UCLA defensive coordinator DeWayne Walker and former Texas A&M coach Dennis Franchione.
San Diego State could possible triple Hoke's $240,000 annual salary, The Union-Tribune reported. The university also likely will pay $240,000 to buy out Hoke's Ball State contract, which was to last through 2010, according to The Union-Tribune.
Hoke has been Ball State's coach since 2003. The Cardinals were 15-31 his first four seasons, 7-6 in 2007 and 12-1 this season, winning their first 12 games and breaking into The Associated Press Top 25 for the first time in school history.
Ball State rose to 12th in The Associated Press poll and was considered to have an outside shot at a Bowl Championship Series bowl, until being upset by Buffalo in the Mid-American Conference Championship Game.
Hoke, 50, began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Yorktown (Ind.) High School in 1981. He later coached at Grand Valley State, Western Michigan and Toledo. He was an assistant coach at Oregon State from 1989-94 and at Michigan from 1995-2002 before being hired at Ball State.
Hoke's highest profile moment likely came on Dec. 8, when he read the Top Ten list on the CBS late-night talk show, "Late Show with David Letterman," titled "Highlights of the Ball State Cardinals' Season." Letterman is a Ball State alumnus, as is Hoke.
A 27-year-old man suffered fatal injuries as the result of a "punching game'' inside of a bar Saturday morning in the Gaslamp
neighborhood of San Diego.
SANDAG began removing call boxes along urban highways throughout the San Diego region this month and will continue to do so through June, reflecting a decrease in call volume due to the increase in cell phone ownership.
Authorities today announced that police have arrested a suspect in connection with Friday's sexual assault on the campus of San Diego Mesa College. The name of the suspect was not immediately released.
Showers will be mostly light Saturday morning, decreasing into early Saturday afternoon. Another round of showers expected to push through late afternoon ending late Saturday night.
Police Chief David Nisleit Friday strongly disavowed what he described as an unofficial, "never authorized" departmental program that rewarded officers for making narcotics arrests.
On Friday, San Diego Police announced their search for a suspect involved in a robbery off the San Diego State University campus.
A court-appointed receiver has taken control of a Pacific Beach "hoarder house" that has accumulated trash, created unsafe conditions for children and harbored vermin in recent years, the San Diego City Attorney's Office announced Friday.
The owners of Hauser's Patio reached out to News 8 Friday morning asking to be put in contact with the couple who had their furniture stolen from their patio in Pacific Beach this week.