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Purdue's Spack to become Illinois State head coach

Normal, IL (Sports Network) - Purdue defensive coordinator Brock Spack will be Illinois State University´┐Żs next head football coach at a press conference on Wednesday.

"Certainly, we are happy for Brock, but sorry to see him go," new Purdue coach Danny Hope said in a statement. "When I took the job at Purdue, I knew it was likely there would be some attrition on the staff, with guys leaving to become head coaches or coordinators. Like every head coach, I keep a short list of coaches to consider for vacancies, and we will get a quality replacement on our staff as quickly as possible."

Illinois State assistant athletics director Todd Kober said a news conference would held Wednesday afternoon for Spack.

The Redbirds needed a replacement for Denver Johnson, who resigned following this past season. Johnson completed his ninth year as head at ISU with a 3-8 record. His overall mark with the Redbirds was 48-54.

The 46-year-old Spack just completed his 12th season as defensive coordinator for Purdue. Before that he was an assistant coach at several schools, including Eastern Illinois and Wyoming.

12/15 21:16:20 ET