Brady Hoke’s time in Knoxville was brief. The former Michigan Wolverines head coach was hired by Butch Jones last offseason to coach the defensive line. Hoke was tasked with replacing Derek Barnett, who broke the Tennessee career sack record in his final season as a Vol.
Hoke got more than he bargained for, however. Butch Jones was fired after a blowout loss to Missouri and Hoke was called up to finish the season as the interim head coach. The injuries had already piled up though. Tennessee dropped their final games of the year to LSU and Vanderbilt, wrapping up a 4-8 season.
Hoke stayed on the recruiting trail during the tumultuous coaching search, but obviously was relieved after Jeremy Pruitt was hired.
Hoke will replace Eric Washington, who was promoted last week after Steve Wilks got the Cardinals head coaching job. It will be his first coaching job in the NFL.