Hoke, who was signed to a three-year contract extension in November of 2006, is under contract to serve as Ball State's head football coach through the 2010 season. The enhanced contract will increase Hoke's salary to $240,000 per year plus includes additional and enhanced incentives for a variety of things. The new contract also includes a buyout clause in the event Hoke leaves before the completion of the contract.
"My family and I are very excited to have the opportunity to continue as the head football coach at Ball State University and to have the new contract completed," Hoke says. "We owe a lot of thanks to the university administration, especially President Gora and Tom Collins, for their show of commitment to our staff and what we are accomplishing here at Ball State. This school is my alma mater and to be able to continue to see this program grow is very special. We still have a lot of work to do at Ball State, but the commitment the university has shown to help us reach our goals has been outstanding. We are pleased to have the business portion of this job taken care of, and we will continue to move forward each and every day to make Ball State Football the best it can be."
A four-year football letterman at Ball State from 1977-80, and a team captain for the Cardinals as a senior, Hoke was named the school's head football coach Dec. 18, 2002. He led Ball State to a 7-6 overall record, a Mid-American Conference West Division Co-Championship and a berth in the International Bowl this past season. The bowl berth was the first for the Cardinals since the 1996 campaign, while the seven wins were the most for a Ball State team since the 1996 squad was 8-4.
Ball State will open the 2008 season with a home game vs. Northeastern Thursday, Aug. 28, in Scheumann Stadium.