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Ex-UM coach Hoke named Oregon defensive coordinator

The Detroit News

Former Michigan head coach Brady Hoke has been named Oregon's new defensive coordinator, the school announced Saturday.

Hoke will work on Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich's staff.

"We are extremely excited to welcome Coach Hoke to the Oregon family," Helfrich said. "He's passionate, knowledgeable and tough, and has an outstanding track record of success from a defensive standpoint."

Hoke knows the Pac-12 and the state of Oregon, spending  five years as an assistant at Oregon State from 1989 to 1994.

Brady Hoke

Hoke was fired on Dec. 2, 2014 after the Wolverines went 5-7 in his fourth season. After Hoke's team went 11-2 in his first season in 2011, Michigan's win total decreased each of the next three years, culminating with his final season for which the Wolverines missed a bowl game.

Because Hoke, whose original contract with Michigan was six years through Dec. 31, 2016, was fired in his fourth season, he was owed a $3 million buyout, He was to be paid in equal monthly installments until the end of 2016.

According to Hoke's contract, the head coach "is required to mitigate the University's obligations under Section 4.01(a) by making reasonable efforts to obtain other football related employment ... as soon as possible following such termination.

Hoke appeared on Sirius XM "College Sports Nation" twice a week during the 2015 season.

What is unclear is if Hoke's payments from Michigan will be reduced — or eliminated — with his new job.

The contract reads: "If the Head Coach is employed in a football-related position or receives compensation related thereto (e.g. as a consultant) elsewhere after the University's termination of this Agreement ... then the University's obligation to play the Head Coach as set forth in Section 4.01(a) shall be reduced by Head Coach's total compensation from all such sources."

Hoke hasn't been an assistant since he coached defensive line at Michigan — he left Lloyd Carr's staff in 2003 to become head coach at Ball State, his alma mater. He was head coach at Ball State from 2003-08 and at San Diego State from 2009-10. Hoke has never been a coordinator.