Horton heads to San Diego State

John Hageman

Former Minnesota offensive coordinator and interim head coach Jeff Horton was hired as the assistant head coach and running backs coach at San Diego State by new head coach Rocky Long Monday, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Long has begun filling out his coaching staff after the departure of former head coach Brady Hoke, who took the head coaching job at Michigan earlier this month.

Horton was hired by former Gophers head coach Tim Brewster before the 2010 season, and became the interim head coach upon Brewster’s termination on Oct. 17. After a 1-6 start, Horton led the Gophers to two upset wins to end the season, including a victory over No. 24 Iowa to take the Floyd of Rosedale trophy, their only home win of the season.

New Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill dismissed Horton before filling out his staff, but praised his leadership as the head coach.

Prior to coming to Minnesota, Horton was the quarterbacks coach of the Detroit Lions.