Spack could have stayed at Purdue

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Brock Spack left Purdue because of the opportunity Illinois State presented, not because he was in danger of being replaced on Danny Hope's coaching staff for 2009.

Spack, who will be introduced as Illinois State's head coach today, said he was offered a three-year contract at Purdue after Hope was hired as coach-in-waiting. Spack had been a finalist to succeed head coach Joe Tiller at his alma mater.

Instead, the longtime Boilermakers defensive coordinator will become the head man at Illinois State.

"Illinois State is a great school, with a lot of resources, and they are committed to winning," Spack said in a statement. "Last year, when Danny Hope was hired, [athletic director] Morgan Burke was very gracious in giving me a three-year contract, and now he is supportive of my decision to become a head coach. I wish Danny nothing but the best, and I value our friendship.

"Purdue will have a very good defense in 2009, and people should be excited. Purdue is my alma mater, and I will always be a Boilermaker."

Spack told The (Lafayette) Journal and Courier that both Burke and Hope wanted him to remain at Purdue, but his desire to be a head coach was the deciding factor.