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Brady Hoke Reportedly Lands First NFL Coaching Gig

A closeup of Brady Hoke pointing while wearing a Michigan polo.

ANN ARBOR, MI - SEPTEMBER 07: Head coach Brady Hoke argues a call with a official during the fourth quarter while playing the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Michigan Stadium on September 7, 2013 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan won the game 41-30. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

The college coach is moving to the professional ranks.

Brady Hoke has a new coaching gig. He's headed to the NFL.

The former Michigan head coach has been hired by the Carolina Panthers, according to Sporting News' Alex Marvez. Hoke will serve as the team's defensive line coach.

Hoke, 59, has never coached in the NFL before. This will be his first professional coaching opportunity.

The Ball State alum spent the 2017 season at Tennessee. He became the program's interim head coach when Butch Jones was fired. Prior to that, he spent a season at Oregon as the Ducks' defensive coordinator.

Hoke previously led Michigan's program from 2011-14. He went 31-20 in four seasons, getting fired after a 5-7 season in '14.

The Ohio native's previous head coaching gigs came at San Diego State from 2009-10 and Ball State from 2003-08. He had multiple assistant coaching gigs prior to Ball State.

The defensive line position opened up with the Panthers after promoting defensive line coach Eric Washington to defensive coordinator. The previous DC, Steve Wilks, left to become head coach of the Cardinals.