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San Diego State To Name New Football Coach Tuesday

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Ball State coach Brady Hoke is expected to be named as San Diego State's football coach today after guiding the Cardinals into The Associated Press Top 25 poll for the first time.

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.

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