It's easy to tell from Purdue players tweets today that something is afoot on the defensive coaching staff.
Cornerback Ricardo Allen tweeted: "Man our defensive coordinator and our linebacker coaches left! Hopefully we can find better. NO DISRESPECT!"
The Lafayette Journal Courier is reporting that defensive coordinator Gary Emanuel and inside linebackers coach Phil Elmassian will not return to the Boilermakers next season. Elmassian is expected to take a job at UMass, while Emanuel reportedly won't have his contract renewed.
Purdue ranked ninth in the Big Ten in total defense, allowing 395 yards and 26.8 points per game. The team allowed 485 yards and 32 points in the Little Caesars Bowl win over Western Michigan and gave up at least 35 points in three different games this year. But Emanuel also worked with the defensive line, which was one of the team's strengths this, led by tackle Kawann Short.
Defensive lineman Ryan Russell expressed frustration about the staff changes on Twitter before later posting, "[Danny] Hope promised me a lot of things. I still believe till this day those things can be accomplished. He sat on my coach and gave me his word."
Purdue has not officially announced any coaching moves yet, so stay tuned.