Purdue hires Burns as secondary coach

Purdue coach Danny Hope acted quickly to replace longtime defensive backs coach Lou Anarumo, announcing Greg Burns as his replacement Friday afternoon.

Burns will coach the Boilers' defensive backs after spending the past four seasons as Arizona State's cornerbacks coach. He worked alongside new Purdue defensive coordinator Tim Tisebar at Kansas State. Anarumo left Thursday to take a post with the Miami Dolphins' coaching staff.

"We're very excited to have Greg join our staff," Hope said in a prepared statement. "Having worked with him at Kansas State, he is familiar with defensive coordinator Tim Tibesar’s game plan and will be able to hit the ground running at Purdue."

From the news release:

Burns has found success at many levels during his coaching career, spending 2006 as the defensive backs coach of the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers after coaching the secondary at USC under Pete Carroll for four years (2002-05). Burns also coached for four seasons at Louisville (1998-2001) as well as one season at Idaho (1997).

In his 14 seasons as an assistant coach at the collegiate level, Burns has been a part of nine bowl teams, including four BCS bowls, and won national championships in 2003 and 2004 while at USC.

During his time at Southern California, Burns developed a reputation as one of the brightest young secondary coaches in the country and mentored a number of stand-out performers, including All-American safeties Troy Polamalu (2002) and Darnell Bing (2005). He also coached first-team All-Pac-10 Conference cornerback Will Poole in 2003. Burns also produced six All-Conference USA cornerbacks during his tenure at Louisville, including first-teamers Anthony Floyd (2000 and 2001) and Antonio Roundtree (1998). Burns also coached All-Pro cornerback Ronde Barber while with the Buccaneers.

Burns looks like a solid hire for Purdue, which will have a new-look staff on the defensive side in 2012. He inherits some talent in West Lafayette, namely cornerbacks Ricardo Allen and Josh Johnson.