Purdue's Spack to become Illinois State coach

December, 15, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Purdue will have two new coordinators when Danny Hope takes over as head coach in 2009. 

Longtime Boilermakers defensive coordinator Brock Spack will be introduced as Illinois State's head coach on Wednesday. Spack, a Purdue alum, spent the last 12 seasons in West Lafayette after moving over with former coach Joe Tiller -- and Hope -- from Wyoming in 1996. 

It's unknown whether Hope would have retained Spack for his new staff at Purdue, but Spack's name was not among the initial coaching changes Hope made earlier this month. Offensive coordinator Ed Zaunbrecher was not retained and was replaced by Florida Atlantic's Gary Nord. Spack had been a finalist to succeed Tiller as Purdue's head coach. 

"Certainly, we are happy for Brock, but sorry to see him go," Hope said in a statement. "When I took the job at Purdue, I knew it was likely there would be some attrition on the staff, with guys leaving to become head coaches or coordinators. Like every head coach, I keep a short list of coaches to consider for vacancies, and we will get a quality replacement on our staff as quickly as possible."

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