Purdue to Honor Tiller on Saturday
Oct. 4, 2017

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Funeral Arrangements

A viewing will take place at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Buffalo, Wyoming, on Oct. 10 from 1 to 7 p.m., followed by a rosary and time for guests to share memories and tell stories. A funeral mass will be conducted at St. John the following day at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Joe's name to the Cowboy Carousel Center (a Buffalo project Joe and Arnette have been involved with for several years) and the Fabry Support & Information Group (to help Fabry patients with the cost of treatments). Tax-deductible donations may be made online or through Harness Funeral Home in Buffalo.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue Athletics will honor former head football coach Joe Tiller, who passed away Sept. 30, at the Boilermakers' game against Minnesota on Saturday.

* A moment of silence will be conducted prior to the national anthem.

* The Boilermakers will wear helmets that replicate the ones worn when Tiller was head coach with the addition of a tribute sticker.

* During the first media timeout of the first quarter, board of trustees chairman Mike Berghoff and athletics director Mike Bobinski will present Tiller's son, Michael, and his family, with a commemorative football.

* Members of the 1997 team, Tiller's first at Purdue, will be recognized during the second media timeout of the second quarter.

* A video tribute will be played at halftime.

* Tiller will be featured on the cover and inside the official gameday program.

Additionally, Purdue Athletics has produced commemorative buttons with the tribute helmet sticker logo on them that will be sold at the Purdue Team Store and merchandise stands in and around Ross-Ade Stadium, as well as at University Book Store. They also will be available at the Boilermaker Crossing. Proceeds will go to the Cowboy Carousel Center in Buffalo, Wyoming, and the Fabry Support & Information Group in Tiller's name.

One of the most beloved and popular figures in Purdue Athletics history, Tiller served as the Boilermakers' head football coach from 1997 to 2008. The winningest coach in school history, he posted an 87-62 record, including 53-43 in Big Ten Conference games. Tiller's 149 games coached are the most in Purdue annals.

"I remember growing up and watching the Purdue teams play in his days, and it was an exciting brand of football," head coach Jeff Brohm said. "It was a little bit different than maybe some of the other teams in the Big Ten, and they found a way to win.

"I think that his blue-collar approach, working hard to improve his team, to find ways to win, anyway or avenue he can, doing things the right way, treating people with respect, demanding respect of his players and vice versa, then giving it back; I think he was really a legend in the coaching profession, and he's somebody that everyone should try to mold themselves after."

In January of 2008, Tiller was awarded the Order of the Griffin, one of Purdue's highest honors, given to individuals whose commitment to the university goes well beyond the call of duty, and whose strength and vision have greatly benefited the institution. He was appointed head coach emeritus by the board of trustees Nov. 21, 2008.

Tiller was inducted into the Purdue Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame in 2013. Joe Tiller Drive, located immediately north of Ross-Ade Stadium, was named in his honor in 2015.

Kickoff Saturday is 3:30 p.m. ET.



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