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Tiller, Hope energized for Boilermakers' 2008 campaign

Updated: April 1, 2008, 3:16 PM ET
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Joe Tiller's subconscious doesn't bother him on the practice field. It knows that is sacred space.

Thoughts of an impending retirement don't infiltrate Tiller's mind as he puts Purdue through spring drills for the 12th and final time. He continues to coach at full throttle, and Boilermakers quarterback Curtis Painter has noticed a heightened enthusiasm in the 65-year-old.

It's not until after practice that Tiller realizes why he's walking ...

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