- Adam Rittenberg, ESPN Staff Writer
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New Purdue head coach Darrell Hazell is starting to hire assistants for the Boilers, while the Big Ten's other new boss, Wisconsin's Gary Andersen, is putting the finishing touches on his staff.
Two coaching tidbits to pass along:
There's no official announcement from Purdue, but Hazell reportedly will hire Florida State assistant Greg Hudson as the team's defensive coordinator. Hudson recently completed his third season as the Seminoles' linebackers coach. He has Big Ten experience after serving as Minnesota's defensive coordinator, recruiting coordinator and linebackers coach from 2002-04 under Glen Mason. Hudson was defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at East Carolina from 2005-09. We'll have more on Hudson once the hire becomes official. Hazell also is expected to bring several Kent State assistants, including linebackers coach Marcus Freeman, the former Ohio State player, with him to Purdue.
Wisconsin will name Auburn assistant Jay Boulware as its new tight ends coach. Boulware has coached tight ends and special teams at Auburn since 2009. He and Andersen coached together at Utah from 2005-2006, when Boulware served as the Utes' tight ends coach and special teams coordinator. Boulware will be making his Big Ten coaching debut with the Badgers, although he has coached in the Midwest before at Northern Illinois (1997-2000) and Iowa State (2007-08). He has been a special teams coordinator for nine of the past 10 seasons, so there's a good chance he retains the title with Wisconsin. Andersen has just one assistant left to hire. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, he's targeting Utah receivers coach Aaron Roderick for the same position with the Badgers.