Following 10-win season, San Diego State coach expected to step down
San Diego State doesn’t get a lot of attention from the college football media, but the Aztecs have been the subject of one of the more interesting offseason dramas.
Rocky Long, who turns 70 later this month, is reportedly stepping down as SDSU’s head coach. The news comes after Long, who is 81-38 as the Aztecs head coach, recently interviewed for the defensive coordinator position at Syracuse according to reports. San Diego State is coming off of a 10-3 season which was capped with a 48-11 New Mexico Bowl win over Jim McElwain’s Central Michigan Chippewas on Dec. 21.
With Long stepping down, Brady Hoke will reportedly be the new head coach. Hoke was SDSU’s head coach from 2009-10 before leaving to take the Michigan job ahead of the 2011 season. Hoke was Tennessee’s defensive line coach on Butch Jones’ staff for the 2017 season and was promoted to interim head coach after Jones’ firing that season.
The news means there will be 3 FBS programs making coaching changes after December’s Early Signing Period (Mississippi State, Baylor).
BREAKING: Rocky Long is expected to step down at San Diego State. The plan is for DL coach Brady Hoke to take over the program, per sources.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) January 8, 2020