Joel Maturi's trip to San Diego this week included a face-to-face meeting with San Diego State coach Brady Hoke, the San Diego Union Tribune confirmed on Wednesday.
Hoke told the paper the meeting was "Informational" but not serious, and said he was focused on the Aztecs' regular-season finale Saturday against UNLV.
Aztecs president Stephen Weber said last week that the school is interested in signing Hoke to a contract extension. But Hoke, 11-12 in two seasons in San Diego, is paid only $675,000 this year, less than half of what Minnesota is expected to its top candidate once Maturi, the school's athletic director, settles on one.
Hoke is clearly a strong candidate for the job, but there are believed to be others, including Troy Calhoun of Air Force, Kevin Sumlin of Houston and Al Golden of Temple.