The Purdue Boilermakers were caught off guard a bit this offseason when special teams coordinator Tony Levine, the former Houston head coach, resigned his position.

Coaching turnover happens all the time, but this was a special case, as Levine left the Boilermakers to open a Chick-fil-A franchise in Houston.

On Monday, he explained his decision, saying he wants to stay close to Houston and spend more time with his family (via Bruce Feldman of

“The reasons when I was 23 years old that I wanted to get into coaching, the things that I’ve been passionate about for most of my life—developing people, team-building, identifying and recruiting talent, competing—while I had a love for those, I saw an opportunity with Chick-fil-A to become an owner/operator where a lot of those same things that I was passionate about I could keep doing, and the ability to stay in Houston was very important to my wife and I and our family as a whole.”

Don’t worry, though. Levine is still bringing his football mentality to running his new business:

“If I look at the kitchen director as the defensive coordinator and the front-of-the-restaurant director as the offensive coordinator, and I don’t have another director, than I see it like a football program that has an OC and a DC but they split up the special teams among the staff, and sometimes it doesn’t necessarily get the importance that it deserves. So I want a special teams coordinator from day one, and I want a drive-thru director from day one.”

The entire article about Levine is worth a read, and it can be found in full here.