Spack Pushes Aside Purdue Coaching Rumors

Spack Pushes Aside Purdue Coaching Rumors
Brock Spack

Illinois State head coach Brock Spack addressed a recent report that he had interviewed at Purdue University, his alma mater.

"I have said all I'm going to say about that place. I am focused on the Redbirds and the playoffs," Spack told Randy Reinhardt of The Pantagraph, the Bloomington-Normal based newspaper that covers ISU athletics.

Earlier this week, CBS Sports' Dennis Dodd reported that Spack had interviewed for the Purdue position, which came open when the Boilermakers dismissed Darrell Hazell earlier this season. Hazell was 9-33 at Purdue.

Last week, The Sporting News reported that former Purdue assistant Greg Olson had also interviewed for the job. Another report, this one by 247Sports' Travis Haney, said that former Louisiana State coach Les Miles and Western Michigan coach P.J. Fleck are considered the "focal points" of Purdue's search.

Spack is a graduate of Purdue and played linebacker for the Boilermakers from 1980-83. In addition, Spack was the defensive coordinator at the West Lafayette, Ind.-based school for 12 seasons.

Spack became the Illinois State head coach in 2009. He's led the Redbirds to the FCS playoffs four times, including three of the last four years. His 2014 Redbirds played in the FCS national championship game.

Illinois State plays its first-round FCS playoff game Saturday at Central Arkansas.

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