After a 12-1 season, Ball State coach Brady Hoke has resigned, athletics director Tom Collins said on Monday.
ESPN's Joe Schad reported on Sunday that Hoke agreed to coach San Diego State next season.
"Coach Hoke has had a tremendous amount of success as our head football coach," Collins said in a statement. "His offer at San Diego State is a testament to that success. We worked very hard to keep him at Ball State, while also being sensitive to the current economic environment. The search for a new head coach begins today."
That search may be a short one. A source close to the situation told ESPN's Joe Schad on Monday that Cardinals offensive coordinator Stan Parrish will be named to replace Hoke. Ball State plays on Jan. 6 in the GMAC Bowl.
San Diego State scheduled a news conference for 1 p.m. PT on Tuesday. Despite Ball State's announcement, SDSU officials refused to confirm Hoke's hire.
"Nope, I'm not going to confirm it," athletic director Jeff Schemmel said. "When it's time for a press conference we're going to have one."
Told of Ball State's announcement, Schemmel said: "So be it."
Ball State said that it offered to make Hoke the highest-paid employee at the school if he stayed. He could have earned a base salary of $390,000 with $60,000 in Mid-American Conference incentives and another $255,000 in Bowl Championship Series and national incentives.
"None of us wanted to see him go," Ball State President Jo Ann Gora said in the statement. "When Coach Hoke told me San Diego State had offered him a guaranteed package of $3.5 million over five years, I knew we had done all we could to keep him. In these economic times, we simply cannot reasonably match such a generous offer. This is an outstanding program with a national reputation and passionate fans. It is an attractive position, and I am confident we will find a strong successor. I wish Coach Hoke and his family the very best as they transition to San Diego."
Ball State's only loss came against Buffalo in the Mid-American Conference championship. Hoke went 34-38 in six years at the school, but drew national attention when his team went unbeaten into December.
Hoke replaces Chuck Long, who was fired in late November. Long was 9-27 in three seasons at SDSU, which hasn't had a winning record since 1998. The Aztecs were 2-10 this year, the school's first 10-loss season.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.