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Brandon and Hoke both put contract talks on hold because assembling a staff and recruiting were the top priorities two months ago.

It didn’t take long for them to agree to financial terms once the process started.

“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.

“The University offered Laura and I an opportunity to coach at Michigan and that’s been my dream,” Hoke said. “Nothing will change my focus.”