Bret Bielema was reportedly a driving force behind the controversial new NCAA rules proposal to slow down offenses. He might want to concentrate on slowing down his staff exodus at Arkansas.
Purdue announced on Friday that it had hired Taver Johnson away from Bielema's Razorbacks to be the Boilermakers' new defensive backs coach. Johnson was Arkansas' assistant head coach and linebackers coach in 2012 and was interim head coach that spring after Bobby Petrino got fired.
Before that, Johnson spent five seasons (2007-2011) at Ohio State coaching the defensive backs. He and Purdue coach Darrell Hazell were on the same Buckeyes staff for four years, as Hazell coached the receivers. Johnson also has coached at Miami (Ohio) and with the Cleveland Browns.
“I am thrilled to have Taver Johnson join our staff as the new secondary coach,” Hazell said in a statement released by the school. “He will bring energy and passion to that group. Taver has a wealth of experience from major college football as well as the NFL. I’ve seen him work up-close and in-person and love what he brings.”
This looks like a great hire for the Boilermakers, and Hazell's history with Johnson obviously helped here. Johnson knows the Big Ten well and is an excellent recruiter.
It's also another Big Ten broadside at Bielema, as his defensive coordinator, Chris Ash, left for Ohio State last month.