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Hoke is scheduled to meet his new team Wednesday morning before being introduced at a news conference and perhaps fans at the Ohio State-Michigan basketball game.

He was on Carr’s staff from 1995-2002, coaching the defensive line during the 1997 national championship season, and went on to turn around Ball State and San Diego State.

Hoke had four straight losing seasons, but led the Cardinals to a 12-1 record in 2008 as the Mid-American Conference coach of the year before leaving to lead the Aztecs. In his second and final year at San Diego, he help the program have its first winning record and bowl berth since 1998 and was named Mountain West Conference coach of the year.

The Dayton, Ohio, native replaces Rodriguez, who was fired after going 15-22 in three disappointing seasons with the Wolverines. That includes an 0-6 mark against rivals Ohio State and Michigan State.

Hoke has 28 years of college experience with assistant coaching stints at Grand Valley State (1983), Western Michigan (1984-86), Toledo (1987-88), Oregon State (1989-94) and Michigan (1995-2002). He graduated from Ball State in 1982.

San Diego State gave Hoke a five-year contract worth $3,525,000 in December 2008 to replace the fired Chuck Long. He went 4-8 his first year but last season led the Aztecs to their first winning season (9-4) and bowl berth since 1998.

Hoke had been courted recently by Minnesota, which ultimately hired Northern Illinois coach Jerry Kill. Last month, Hoke signed a two-year extension through 2015 that came with a raise _ and a $1.5 million buyout.

“We like what we’re doing here,” Hoke said at the time. “We have a lot of work to do and a lot of work that we’re looking forward to doing here in San Diego.”

Brandon needed to find a new coach who would fit in on the field and campus along with exciting a fan base and donors who fill the Big House and still new luxury suites.

Whether Hoke can do those things is an open question, and the last week was full of speculation that Harbaugh or Miles would be the best choice Brandon could make. The LSU coach was the popular choice among fans when Carr announced he was retiring after the 2007 season, but he stayed in Baton Rouge then and did again this time around after meeting with Brandon on Monday.

One of Hoke’s first tasks will be persuading Denard Robinson to stay put. The sensational quarterback, who became the NCAA’s first player to throw and run for 1,500 yards, came to Michigan because he wanted to run Rodriguez’s spread offense.

Robinson wouldn’t commit to returning if Rodriguez was fired and he hasn’t commented publicly since.

Receiver Darryl Stonum said he didn’t know much about Hoke, but has faith the school’s first-year AD is making the right choice.

Dave Brandon was sold and we are, too,” Stonum said.