A full rundown of the candidates can be found here.
2003-Present (Ball State Head Coach: 34-37)
2002 Michigan (Associate Head Coach/Defensive Line)
1997-2001 Michigan (Defensive Line)
1995-1996 Michigan (Defensive Ends)
1991-1994 Oregon State (Defensive Line)
1990 Oregon State (Inside Linebackers)
1989 Oregon State (Defensive Line)
1987-1988 Toledo (Outside Linebackers)
1984-1986 Western Michigan (DL/ Special Teams)
1983 Grand Valley State (Defensive Line)
Who is he?: Hoke has been the head coach at Ball State since 2003, posting a 34-37 record heading into tonight’s MAC championship game. Ball State went 12-0 this season under Hoke, their best ever regular season mark.
Before taking over at Ball State, Hoke was a defensive assistant under Lloyd Carr at Michigan. Carr, of course was on campus earlier this year and, while he isn’t really considered a candidate for the job, he has allegedly been consulting Daryl Gross about the coaching search. Hoke was also a candidate for the Michigan and Washington State openings last year.
What does he bring to the job?: Hoke, along with Skip Holtz, is one of the most experienced coaches to be mentioned as a candidate. He has turned Ball State into a relevant team in the MAC as this will be their second straight season ending with a bowl appearance. He has a great history as a defensive coach and now Ball State has even developed well offensively this season under Hoke.
Why wouldn’t he be a good fit?: I honestly can’t think of a solid reason why Hoke wouldn’t make sense as a candidate. You can say he doesn’t have Northeastern ties and that could hurt recruiting, but he is a talented coach who has an undefeated season on his resume. How many other candidates have that?
What are his chances?: I think Hoke is an intriguing candidate, but why hasn’t he been interviewed yet? Maybe he didn’t want to interview before his team played in the MAC championship, but that didn’t stop Turner Gill. I think if Hoke interviews in the next week or so he should quickly rise up the list of potential candidates. One thing to watch out for is what other jobs might open up in the next few weeks. Hoke would be mentioned as a candidate for a lot of positions, so if the dominoes start falling, he could fall out of Daryl Gross’ reach. Overall he is a strong candidate, but at this point trails a few others who have already interviewed.