Purdue names offensive coordinator
Purdue made major changes to its coaching staff at season’s end. Darrell Hazell wasn’t fired, but his two coordinators were.
On Tuesday, Purdue finally filled its offensive coordinator opening, and it didn’t have to look very far.
The team announced that tight ends coach Terry Malone will replace John Shoop as Purdue’s offensive coordinator.
Malone was the offensive coordinator for Michigan from 2002-2005 and he was on staff when the Wolverines won the 1997 national title. He then served as the New Orleans Saints tight ends coach when Purdue great Drew Brees led the team to its first ever Super Bowl.
“I am thrilled to have Coach Malone lead our offense,” Hazell said in a statement. “He has a winning pedigree with a national title at Michigan and a Super Bowl title with the New Orleans Saints. I look forward to sitting down with him once we get back from the holiday break and putting our offense together.”
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While he was at Michigan, Malone led an offense that boasted quarterbacks Chad Henne (9,715 yards) and John Navarre (9,254 yards), the top two passing yardage leaders in Michigan history.
Malone will take over the position after one year on Hazell’s staff. The Boilermaker offense will need a major improvement to get out of the B1G basement.
The Boilermakers were just 94th in total offense, but they’ll return redshirt freshman David Blough and true freshman tailback Markell Jones.
Malone also worked at Boston College (1996), Bowling Green (1986-95), Holy Cross (1985) and as a graduate assistant at Arizona (1983-84).