10 Things You Should Know About Jon Hoke

By Rixon Lane

Steve Spurrier is scheduled to hold a press conference today at 4:00 p.m. and everyone is almost certain about why he's having it. 

Jon Hoke is reported to be coming to Columbia as part of South Carolina's defensive coaching staff. 

Here's what you need to know about Hoke before today's press conference. 

 

1. He attended Ball State

Hoke was a defensive back for the Cardinals from 1976-79, where he was a two-time All-MAC selection. 

 

2. Hoke's first job in the SEC was replacing Bob Stoops

Hoke was hired by Steve Spurrier to take over for Stoops in Gainesville after Stoops took the head coaching job at Oklahoma. 

 

3. His first year as a defensive coordinator was 1999 at Florida

His Gator defense held six teams to 14 points or less that season, en route to a 9-4 record and the SEC East division title. 

 

4. His 2001 Gator defense gave up 14.8 points per game

Only three teams scored more than 20 points against Florida that season; Auburn, #5 Tennessee, and #6 Maryland. 

 

5. His first NFL job was with an expansion team

Hoke was hired to coach defensive backs for the newly-formed Houston Texans in 2002, where he stayed until 2008. 

 

6. In his third season with the Texans, Houston picked off 22 passes

The Texans ranked 5th in the NFL in interceptions that season.

 

7. Hoke was hired by the Chicago Bears in 2009

Lovie Smith brought Hoke to the Windy City to coach defensive backs. 

 

8. Hoke coached in the NFC Championship game in 2010

The Bears held Aaron Rodgers without a touchdown pass and allowed just 14 points to Green Bay's offense in a 21-14 loss. 

 

9. Hoke's best year in the NFL was 2012

His secondary led the league with 24 interceptions and the Bears were 8th in the NFL in pass defense, allowing just 213.9 yards per game. 

 

10. Hoke was offered the South Carolina job before

When Steve Spurrier was hired in 2004, he offered the defensive coordinator job to Hoke. When Hoke turned it down, the Gamecocks went with co-coordinators Tyrone Nix and John Thompson.