Purdue hires Carter as defensive line coach

February, 28, 2013
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OK, so Purdue isn't hiring that Rubin Carter to coach its defensive line. But a man by the same name will guide Ryan Russell, Bruce Gaston and the other linemen this fall as first-year coach Darrell Hazell is completing his coaching staff.

Carter spent last season coaching defensive line at FCS Towson University, but he brings extensive experience at both the college and NFL levels. He has coached defensive linemen for three NFL teams -- Denver, Washington and the New York Jets -- as well as in college for New Mexico (2009-11), Temple (2004-05), Maryland (1997-98), San Jose State (1995-96) and Howard (1989-93). Carter also served as head coach at Florida A&M from 2005-07.

A former All-America nose tackle at Miami, Carter played 12 seasons for the Denver Broncos and was part of the famous "Orange Crush" defenses.

Hazell appears to have made a very good choice with Carter, who will oversee a group that underachieved in 2012 and loses its biggest piece in tackle Kawann Short. Carter's extensive experience around the country also should aid Purdue's recruiting efforts. He'll be the third defensive line coach the players have had in as many seasons, so it'll be important to make the transition as smooth as possible.

Carter's hiring would complete Purdue's staff, but Hazell likely will have one more vacancy as offensive line coach Jim Bollman reportedly is headed to Michigan State to become offensive coordinator there. Neither Purdue nor Michigan State has confirmed or denied Bollman's reported move to East Lansing.

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