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Rocky Long steps down at San Diego State

Rocky Long is stepping down at San Diego State, the program has announced. Bruce Feldman was first to report on Wednesday.

Brady Hoke has been promoted from his defensive line position to resume his head coaching duties, and sources tell FootballScoop he will make major changes to the staff.

Long stepped into the head coaching position in 2011, after Brady Hoke left to become the head coach at Michigan. He has an impressive overall record of 81-38 including double-digit wins in four of the past five seasons.

Earlier this week, news broke that Rocky Long had been considering leaving San Diego State for a defensive coordinator opportunity.

As we noted earlier in an article sharing SDSU's pending announcement later today at 2pm:

Former Michigan head coach Brady Hoke is currently on staff as the defensive line coach and could easily slide back into the head coaching role for the Aztecs. Ron Caragher, who previously served as the head coach at San Jose State and the University of San Diego is also on staff as tight ends coach / passing game coordinator. 

Hoke went 4-8 in 2009 and improved to 9-4 in 2010 before leaving for Ann Arbor. With the Wolverines, Hoke went 31-20 in four seasons. This will mark Hoke's fourth run as an FBS head coach (Ball State was his other stop from 2003-08 where he went 34-38, including a 12-1 season that final year).

Long's departure means a total of 20 FBS coaching jobs have come open this off season. Baylor, Mississippi State, and now San Diego State remain open. Keep track of all of them here.

Stay tuned to The Scoop for the latest.