Glanville, who led the Houston Oilers and Atlanta Falcons, will be introduced by the Division I-AA school at a news conference Wednesday night. He had been Hawaii's defensive coordinator for two years.
"He brings spark. He brings with him some star power. That's pretty obvious," Portland State assistant athletic director Mike Lund told The Associated Press. "I'm not saying that's why he exclusively got the job. Obviously he can coach, too. But in our situation that was pretty valuable."
The 65-year-old Glanville replaces longtime coach Tim Walsh, who became the offensive coordinator at Army.
Walsh went 90-68 at Portland State, including 7-4 last season. He led the Vikings to three straight playoff appearances at the Division II level before they moved up to Division I-AA and the Big Sky Conference in 1996.
At Hawaii, Glanville helped install a hard-hitting, aggressive defense on a team known for its offensive prowess.
Before Hawaii, Glanville was a TV commentator and had a long career in the NFL. He was known as much for his personality as his coaching. Outspoken and often dressed in black, he playfully left tickets at stadium will-call windows for Elvis Presley _ his way of paying homage to the King.