December 19, 1998
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue head football coach Joe Tiller has been awarded a two-year contract extension by the University, assuring Tiller's presence on the Boilermakers' sidelines at least through the season of 2005.
The announcement was made jointly by Tiller and Athletic Director Morgan Burke in the administrative offices Saturday morning prior to Purdue's sixth day of practice in preparation for the Alamo Bowl, where the Boilermakers will appear for the second straight year, this time against No. 3 rated Kansas State.
Details of the contract include a base salary of $160,000 per year plus a total university compensation package which will range from the 75th percentile up to among the top of all major NCAA Division I-A football programs depending on performance.
"This contract will allow Joe to be compensated among the top coaches in the nation," says Burke. "It rewards Joe for his leadership and assures the needed continuity that is consistent with the discussions he and I had prior to his hiring in 1996.
"While I was confident when we hired Joe to lead our team," added Burke, "what has been particularly satisfying for me to see is how much Joe and (his wife) Arnette's values mesh with Purdue's values. They are both very calm and confident people with high expectations, who provide excellent leadership for our team."
Tiller says, "I am pleased that the University has decided to give me time to take this program to the level I know it can achieve. This puts me in the position to spend the rest of my career at a first-rate academic institution with a commitment to strong athletics and integrity. This also gives Purdue the assurance it has a football coach who is committed for the long haul. Dr. Beering's and Morgan Burke's commitment to the program is significant. They have been willing to invest in the program with competitive salaries for the assistants that are now among the best in the conference and upgrades to the facilities."
Tiller has turned Purdue's football fortunes around in dramatic fashion. After 13 consecutive non-bowl seasons, his first Boilermaker squad shocked the football world by posting a 9-3 record last year, including a 33-20 win in the Alamo Bowl. Tiller followed that accomplishment with an 8-4 record this year, including a current five-game winning streak. His 17-7 record at Purdue is the best first two-year mark for current coaches in the Big Ten, and his 30-9 record over the last 39 games is among the best in the nation.
"One of the best things about this extension is that it puts to rest any rumors about our future," Tiller says. "We are not going anywhere, and regardless of what anyone might see on the internet, we have no intentions of going anywhere."