Brady Hoke

San Diego State wins bowl, wonders how long they’ll keep Brady Hoke


A field submerged under water at Qualcomm Stadium a day before kickoff wasn’t the only story line for the Poinsettia Bowl this year. While sports bloggers and T.V. analysts alike were cracking “advantage Navy” jokes at the thought of a soggy playing field, San Diego State and coach Brady Hoke — in sticking with the military cliches — flew seamlessly under the radar.

Well, after defeating the Midshipmen 35-14, going around unnoticed is going to be harder for Hoke and his team. San Diego State chalked up their first bowl win in over 40 years and, in Hoke’s second year, had a 5-game turnaround from 2009’s 4-8 season.

Hoke has only held two head coaching jobs at the Division 1 level, Ball State and San Diego State. Yet, he’s managed to turn both programs into contenders within their respective conferences. In his final year at Ball State, he took his alma mater to a 12-0 regular season before departing for San Diego.

With that kind of success, Hoke will undoubtedly become one of the hottest coaching commodities over the next few years — that is, if he isn’t already.

While interviewing for the SDSU job, Hoke stated openly to his athletic director Stephen Weber that being the head coach at Michigan would ultimately be “the arc of his career.” Hoke was an assistant at Michigan from 1995-2002.

Hoke has also been linked to interviewing with Minnesota and Auburn.

The fact that Hoke views San Diego State as a stepping stone job, and has received the blessing of his AD in the event the Wolverines come calling, begs the question “How much time is left on Hoke’s clock in San Diego?”

As evidence with the recent coaching shuffles, universities, AD’s and coaches alike have shown us that head coaching jobs are, well, just that: jobs. Jobs become available and coaches move around. Even destination gigs like USC have seen their national championship winning coach, Pete Carroll, bolt for the sexiness of the NFL.

Loyalty is a thing of the past.

Hoke gets that and, to his credit, doesn’t attempt to lie about it, either; nothing’s more annoying than a coach who screams loyalty and gets offended at the mere thought of them taking another job, then when the better offer comes along, turns right around takes it.

No, Hoke has made his intentions of moving up the coaching ladder very clear. For San Diego State, it’s now a matter of playing the waiting game to just how long he sticks around.

Video: There’s nothing wrong with Cardale Jones

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In the minds of some in the media and even more in the fan base, Ohio State in general and Cardale Jones specifically have been underwhelming through the first five games of the 2015 season.

Jones, in particular, has been a rather large target of much of the angst.  Coming off a Cinderella-like three-game postseason run that helped OSU to a national championship, the perception is that Jones has been underwhelming and underperforming; even head coach Urban Meyer appeared to be leaning in that direction as he considered making the switch to J.T. Barrett prior to the Western Michigan win before reaffirming his commitment to the redshirt junior.

Is that perception valid?  Statistically, he’s not that far off from where he was in the 2014 postseason, at least in a couple of categories.

He’s completing 61.3 percent of his passes this season compared to 59.4 percent in the games against Wisconsin, Alabama and Oregon.  It was 9.9 yards per attempt in that three-game stretch last season, 8.2 in five games this season.  When it comes to scoring and turning the ball over, however, that’s another matter entirely.

He threw a touchdown pass every 15 pass attempts in the 2014 postseason; this season, it’s one every 21 attempts.  Even more glaring, he’s currently throwing an interception every 21 attempts as well.  During the run that made him a household name, it was one pick every 37.5 throws.

So, fewer touchdowns plus more turnovers equals validation of the angst, right?  Not so fast, at least as far as the college arm of Pro Football Focus goes.

UCLA suspends P Adam Searl following arrest on rape charges

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A very serious allegation has triggered the latest resetting of the “Days Without An Arrest” ticker.

UCLA confirmed in a statement that Adam Searl (pictured, No. 39) has been indefinitely suspended from the football program.  The move comes nearly a day after the punter was arrested on three counts of rape.

He was released a handful of hours after his arrest on a $300,000 bond.

“We have been informed of the situation involving Adam Searl, and we take these accusations very seriously,” UCLA head coach Jim Mora said in a statement. “Adam has been suspended from the team indefinitely while the legal process runs its course. Due to the ongoing police investigation, we are unable to discuss this matter further at this time.”

The arrest stems from an incident that allegedly occurred in the middle of last October, and is the result what the Los Angeles Police Department described as “an exhaustive investigation.” As for what led to the charges, here’s the Los Angeles Daily News‘ account of the alleged incident:

The victim, a student at UCLA, reported the alleged assault to the LAPD on Oct. 14, 2014. She told police that she had met the suspect outside of an off-campus house party in Westwood. They went to another residence, where she fell asleep and awoke to find him assaulting her. She was able to identify Searl following the police investigation.

Searl punted 11 times as a redshirt freshman last season. He had punted five times this season as the backup to Matt Mengel.