Greg Hudson to be Named Coach at East Carolina

Minnesota defensive coordinator Greg Hudson is expected to be named to the coaching staff of East Carolina under recent hire Skip Holtz. Hudson had previously coached with Holtz at Notre Dame in 1993 under Skip's father, Lou Holtz, then reunited with the younger Holtz at Connecticut, coaching the Huskies' offensive line for three seasons. Hudson had come under criticism, due to Minnesota's inability to stop Big Ten opponents in the second half of the season.

Greg Hudson began his fourth season at Minnesota and his second as defensive coordinator in 2004. Hudson also served as position coach for the linebacking corps, a role he has held since his arrival in 2001.

Hudson, who was the Gophers' recruiting coordinator his first two seasons at Minnesota, was promoted to defensive coordinator in 2002 prior to the Music City Bowl against Arkansas. In his first game in the new position, Hudson's defensive unit limited Arkansas to less than 300 total yards for only the third time in 2002 and held the Razorbacks' 11th-ranked rush offense to a mere 80 yards on the ground in the Gophers' 29-14 bowl victory.

Hudson built off that success in 2003 as the Gophers limited the opposition to 21.9 points per game (the second-lowest average by a Gopher defense since 1985), held opponents to 340.4 yards per game (the second-lowest average since 1980) and allowed only 122.7 yards rushing per game, which was the second-lowest average against the Gophers since 1962. Minnesota also finished among the top 35 in the nation in all three of those categories last season.

Unfortunately, the Gophers finished last in passing defense, allowing 268.1 yards per game and was ninth in total defense (408.7 yards). They also finished eighth in rushing defense (140.6) and were eighth in red zone defense.

Prior to his arrival at Minnesota, Hudson spent four years (1997-2000) at the University of Cincinnati. He helped lead the University of Cincinnati to national prominence, including two bowl games in three seasons, when he was the assistant head coach and linebackers coach for the Bearcats. He was instrumental in the transformation of the Bearcats' defense into the top-ranked unit in Conference USA. The Bearcats were especially adept at creating and recovering turnovers as they finished sixth in the country in that category in 2000 with a plus-12 margin. Off the field, Hudson proved his worth as a recruiter, helping the school land numerous top Cincinnati-area student-athletes. Hudson was a candidate for the head coach job at Cincinnati this offseason.

Prior to Cincinnati, Hudson coached at Connecticut, where he served as the offensive line coach for the Huskies from 1994-96.

He began his coaching career in 1990 at the University of Redlands in California. Hudson served as linebackers coach for the school until returning to his alma mater Notre Dame in 1993, where he tutored the offensive line for a 10-1 Fighting Irish team that finished No. 2 in the country. He coached Aaron Taylor, who won the Outland Trophy as the nation's top lineman in 1993 and was a first round draft pick by the Green Bay Packers. Hudson also coached Tim Ruddy, a second-round NFL draft pick and current starting center for the Miami Dolphins.

Hudson is a 1990 graduate of Notre Dame. A prep All-America selection at linebacker at Moeller High School in Cincinnati, he played football and baseball for the Fighting Irish.

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