Purdue's Cross leaves for Wisconsin job

The intra-conference job hopping just keeps on going in the Big Ten.

Purdue's DeMontie Cross is the latest assistant to leave one Big Ten program for another just weeks after arriving. Cross, hired Jan. 25 as Purdue's linebackers coach after five seasons with the NFL's Buffalo Bills, is leaving to take a position with Wisconsin.

The Badgers have a vacancy on their defensive coaching staff after nickelbacks coach Greg Jackson left for a position with the San Francisco 49ers.

“There has been a tremendous amount of turnover in college coaching this year, and we are seeing what I consider an unprecedented number of coaches accept a job and leave soon after for another one,” Purdue coach Danny Hope said in a prepared statement. “DeMontie wasn’t here long enough to make a difference, and we will get to work immediately on finding someone who will. Great groundwork has already been laid in the hiring process, and we will continue our search for the right coach.”

Wow. I'll give Hope credit: He never holds back, even in prepared statements. He clearly isn't thrilled about losing a coach he hired less than a month ago.

Cross is the second Purdue assistant to leave for another school within the Big Ten, as Mark Hagen went to join Kevin Wilson's staff at Indiana. The difference is Hagen spent 11 seasons at Purdue before making the move.

Wilson can sympathize with Hope as he lost four assistants shorty after hiring them, two to other Big Ten schools (Jerry Montgomery to Michigan, Corey Raymond to Nebraska).

It's really amazing how many assistants have made moves within the league in one offseason. Although I doubt we'll see such a swell next year, this is a trend I'll continue to monitor.

Wisconsin and Purdue both have one assistant coach vacancy to fill on their staffs.