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“The economics were worked out in minutes _ not hours or days,” Brandon said. “It was quick, easy and stress-free, but it took several weeks to get done because we let the lawyers do their work with the contract language.”

Michigan opens the season Sept. 3 against Western Michigan, the first of five straight home games that includes a Sept. 24 matchup against Hoke’s old team, the Aztecs.

Hoke turned around San Diego State and Ball State after being an assistant coach with the Wolverines.

He led the Aztecs to a 9-4 mark last year _ their first winning season since 1988 _ leading to a two-year contract extension and a raise that would’ve paid him a little more than $1 million with bonuses each year.

Hoke made $675,000 in base pay last year and knew he stood to make a lot more at Michigan as soon as Brandon picked him to replace Rodriguez.

“We’re very humbled and privileged,” he said last month.