When Brady Hoke ditched the bustling mecca that is Muncie, Indiana to take over a dying football program at San Diego State, many wondered how exactly he planned on turning things around. The first thing Hoke did upon arriving in San Diego was surround himself with experienced coordinators. He named Al Borges his offensive coordinator and brought in Rocky Long to coach the defense. Not bad names for program on life support. But his latest move might have been his best yet.
Yesterday Hoke hired San Diego State legend and 1980 NFL MVP Brian Sipe as his quarterbacks coach. To put this in perspective, the only way he could have grabbed a bigger name from SDSU’s past would have been to hire Marshall Faulk or Don Coryell. Well played Brady, well played.
After being an honorable mention All-American quarterback for Coryell’s Aztecs, Sipe played nine seasons with the Cleveland Browns (1974-83) and was MVP and a first-team All-Pro selection in 1980 as he led the Browns to their first playoff berth since 1972. He also garnered second-team All-Pro honors in 1979.
When Hoke was hired, Sipe promised to do whatever he could to help bring SDSU’s program back from the brink of extinction. Apparently, he’s a man of his word. Hoke convinced Sipe to come on board, giving up a cushy job as the head football coach at local small-school powerhouse Santa Fe Christian High School. In eight years at SFC (a rival of my alma mater…jerks) Sipe led the Division IV school to four San Diego Section titles. Obviously, the Aztecs are hoping that Sipe’s reputation in the area will help boost recruiting.
Some interesting things are happening with San Diego State’s football program right now. Not long ago there were calls for the entire operation to be disbanded but now, Brady Hoke has breathed a little life into it. Here’s hoping the Aztecs and Monty Montezuma make a big comeback, because the “updated” mascot really sucks.