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Purdue fills out coaching staff

Purdue coach Darrell Hazell rounded out his football staff by announcing the hiring of Jim Bridge as offensive line coach.

"I'm excited to have Jim join our staff," Hazell said in a news release. "He brings a lot of passion and experience to Purdue, and he is a phenomenal teacher. I know our players are going to love working with him."

A source told fhe Associated Press on Tuesday that Bridge was leaving Illinois just more than a month after he was hired to come to Purdue. Bridge was North Carolina State's offensive line coach from 2011 to 2012 and tight ends coach from 2007 to 2010 before joining the Illini.

At N.C. State, Bridge coached four All-ACC players from 2009 to 2012, including guard R.J. Mattes (2012), center Camden Wentz (2012) and tight end George Bryan (2009, 2010). Bryan was the Wolfpack's second-leading receiver with 40 catches and six touchdowns in 2009, while leading all league tight ends in receptions.

Bridge was named one of the top recruiters in the country in 2008 by Rivals.com.

Prior to his six-year stint at N.C. State, Bridge helped coach the Boston College offense that led the ACC in total offense in 2005 and was second in the league in 2006.

Bridge, who has 21 years of college coaching experience, has also as offensive line coach at Eastern Michigan (2002) and The Citadel (1996 to 1999), and spent one year at Bowling Green as the tight ends coach (2000).

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