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Hope adjusts coaching staff

Danny Hope thinks realigning some duties on Purdue's coaching staff will have a major impact on the program, maybe "as big of an impact as anything we've done in awhile around here."

The team moved Don Coller to full-time recruiting coordinator and added Casey Nuss as coordinator of football operations.

Coller joined the staff as director of football operations in 2000 and added recruiting coordinator duties to the job last season. But Hope said the double-duty was time-consuming and didn't allow Coller or the staff to fully maximize the position.

"I could see we needed to have a greater focus on recruiting," Hope said.

So, the switch.

Coller is responsible for managing the overall recruiting process, including organizing and processing video of recruits and supervising and monitoring assistants' recruiting, among other things.

Nuss will assume Coller's football ops responsibilities, which include scheduling and team travel.

The team "realigned the budget in some ways" to add Nuss, Hope said during a teleconference Thursday.

Hope thinks the move to having one person solely as recruiting coordinator was an important one.

"We can identify the top prospects a lot earlier in the recruiting process and get those prospects' tapes and information to our coaches a lot sooner," Hope said. "I think we'll be on the right guys earlier in the recruiting process and spent a lot more of our recruiting time actually recruiting the top players in our area and in the country. So it'll allow us to expedite the recruiting process some, and that's the direction it's gone the last three, four years in recruiting anyway.

"I think it's huge in order to compete at the BCS level that you have a person on board that can 100 percent focus toward recruiting, and Don Coller is absolutely the right guy for that."

Hope said the move also will allow the assistant coaches to do a better job of focusing on coaching during the season. Previously, Hope said assistants spent too much time during the season evaluating prospects, spending time with them on visits and watching video on prospects.

  • Safety Gavin Roberts is moving to running back and linebacker Derek Jackson will switch to fullback, Hope said.
  • Hope hasn't been mapping out possible divisions for the new Big Ten, he said. He just hopes the powers-that-be maintain as many rivalry games as possible, saying he wants to continue to play Indiana yearly.
  • In terms of potentially adding a Big Ten championship game, Hope said "more football is always more fun."

    "It can create some revenue and more interest and enthusiasm and excitement," he said.

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