Enter Brady Hoke. The tough-nosed and successful former Ball State head coach was hired in the midst of the darkest time in SDSU history. Rumors were swirling that school administrators were contemplating dropping football altogether. And who could blame them? When hired Hoke genuinely believed he could turn the program around. Hiring former New Mexico head coach Rocky Long to coordinate the defense raised many eyebrows around the conference. And if his inaugural campaign proved that the Aztecs could play competitively in the MWC, his sophomore effort has begun to quiet all the doubters.
Beginning the 2010 campaign at 3-1, with the lone setback a heartbreaking loss to Missouri on a busted coverage late in the fourth quarter, the Aztecs are halfway to their first bowl-eligible season in 12 years. With a more experienced Ryan Lindley at the helm, the Aztecs look like a different squad. If the chance for a defining victory over Missouri escaped the Aztecs two weeks ago, time has given San Diego State a chance at redemption. With two weeks to prepare for a road match-up in Provo against BYU, expect the Aztecs to be ready for a chance to make believers out of all who still doubt.
Has San Diego State finally found continued success? Or are we simply reading too much into early 2010 Aztec football success?