San Diego State is moving to keep Brady Hoke from leaving for Minnesota, according to the San Diego Union Tribune, which reports Sunday that the school is working on a "retention package" to convince the second-year coach.
"I don't think something's going to happen," athletic director Jim Sterk told the newspaper at halftime of the Aztecs' 48-14 win over UNLV.
Still, the story estimates that a $1 million salary for Hoke "may be a stretch for SDSU" -- but it's far less than the rumored annual package Minnesota will offer its next coach, believed to be at least $1.5 million per year and perhaps much more.
After the game, Hoke downplayed his meeting with Minnesota athletic director Joel Maturi, the Union Tribune reported, saying "I don't think I heard much of anything." He said the hourlong meeting was a chance for Maturi to talk about the program and Minnesota's facilities, and that he hasn't heard from Maturi since.
Hoke said the meeting took place before the season ended because "timing-wise, it needed to be done." Maturi did not contract Sterk to ask permission, which is not required but is normally done.
Meanwhile, the Denver Post reports Sunday that Air Force coach Troy Calhoun, believed to be another candidate Maturi has looked closely at, is a top candidate at Colorado as well. The Post said the Buffaloes have interest in LSU coach Les Miles, a former CU assistant, but is unlikely to lure him away.