Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Brady Hoke needs to produce within three years

Brady Hoke is the first tough-talking football coach at San Diego State since Al Luginbill in the late 1980s and early ‘90s.

On the field, Hoke will need to have tougher teams than Luginbill.

Despite having Marshall Faulk and Darnay Scott in back-to-back seasons, Luginbill’s teams only finished .500 both of those years.

Hoke needs to get the Aztecs to .500 or better within three years, or the football team may fold when SDSU selects its next president after Stephen Weber retires in 2 ½ years. (Weber has made it clear the team will continue to exist on his watch.)

It took Hoke five years into his six-year tenure at Ball State to turn that team around.

He had four straight losing records before finally finishing above .500. Then this year’s team was a remarkable 12-1.

However, starting with four (or even three) consecutive losing seasons at SDSU could mean the end of Aztec football.

Under Weber’s watch, the athletics program keeps begging and borrowing from other campus entities, boosters, etc. to keep going. In a down economy, this can’t go on forever.

Brady Hoke basically has three years to get things going. Otherwise, don’t be surprised if Weber’s successor will be charged with the task of pulling the plug on Aztec football.


sam said...

This guy better produce fast at SDSU. We've had 10 straight non-winning seasons. That's 10 too many. I'm afraid somebody else could cut the program when Weber is gone. I'd hate to see it come to that.

kareem said...

It sure sounds like the new San Diego State coach will have to produce soon or he will be too late; kind of like shutting the barn door after the horse has gotten out. If he has a good team for the fourth year they may be playing for someone else if the new president shuts down the program. Okay coach; it is time to put up or shut up.