Purdue football officially announces pair of coordinators joining Ryan Walters’ staff
Two more positions were filled on Ryan Walters’ staff at Purdue on Tuesday. Purdue football announced that Graham Harrell and Kevin Kane are joining the staff via a press release.
Harrell spent this past season with West Virginia as the Mountaineers’ OC and will be taking up the same role with Purdue. Kane was the assistant HC and OLB coach at Illinois, leading the likes of Gabe Jacas and Seth Coleman and is now Purdue’s DC.
Walters is glad to be reuniting with Kane.
I was very excited about the ability to attract Coach Kane to Purdue University. I got to see, first-hand, his football IQ and ability to connect and develop young men. His position group steadily improved throughout the two years we were together at Illinois. He has been a coordinator at two previous stops, and he is ready to lead an entire unit in the Big Ten.
Harrell ran Neal Brown’s offense at West Virginia. He has also learned from great offensive minds like Mike Leach and Dana Holgerson. Walters is looking forward to working with someone like Harrell.
I played against Graham and always respected his knowledge and the way he approaches the game of football. When I got into this profession, I really kept an eye on his career. He is very innovative in the passing game and gets creative with the run game. We are looking forward to him leading our offense here at Purdue.
Walters, Harrell, and Kane start their debuts next season as Purdue opens 2023 against Fresno State on Sept. 2, 2023.