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Archive for Thursday, December 6, 1990

OHIO STATE AIDE HIRED BY PURDUE

December 6, 1990

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Jim Colletto, offensive coordinator at Ohio State, was named head football coach at Purdue this morning, succeeding Fred Akers, who resigned under pressure last week.

A nine-member search committee interviewed Colletto on Wednesday, and reported its recommendation to Purdue president Steven Beering.

The committee earlier interviewed Ball State head coach Paul Schudel. The names of Kansas head coach Glen Mason and Illinois assistant coach Lou Tepper had also surfaced as possibilities for the vacancy.

Beering said the search committee interviewed Schudel and Colletto on campus, but had talked with others by telephone.

It was reported in Wednesday's Journal-World that the Lafayette, Ind., Journal and Courier had reported Mason would be interviewed later in the week. However, reports of an impending Mason interview did not appear in the Lafayette paper. That report was supplied by a newspaper staffer.

Colletto, 45, was an assistant at Purdue under former coach Leon Burtnett and has spent the past three years at Ohio State under head coach John Cooper.

Colletto's final year at Purdue was the last time the Boilermakers finished with a winning record, going 7-5 after losing to Virginia in the Peach Bowl.

He was head coach at Cal State-Fullerton from 1975-1979, spent three years as an assistant at his alma mater, UCLA, and was offensive coordinator at Purdue from 1982-84.

Akers resigned after finishing his fourth season with the Boilermakers with a 2-9 record, the most losses in one season in Purdue history.

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