Illinois offensive line coach Jim Bridge headed to Purdue

Illinois offensive line coach Jim Bridge headed to Purdue

New Purdue head coach Darrell Hazell has hired seven of nine assistants. (Photo: John Terhune/Lafayette Journal & Courier)

Illinois offensive line coach Jim Bridge is leaving to join Darrell Hazell’s Purdue staff. (Photo: Lafayette Journal & Courier)

UPDATE: Jim Bridge has been hired at Purdue. The deal was finalized Monday evening and he met the other members of the Purdue staff Tuesday afternoon, as tweeted by Boilermakers running backs coach Jafar Williams:


[dropcap]L[/dropcap]ess than six weeks after becoming offensive line coach at Illinois, it looks like Jim Bridge is leaving for another Big Ten school.

Bridge, who spent the past six seasons at N.C. State before joining Tim Beckman’s staff in late January, is expected to become the offensive line coach at Purdue. A deal may have even been completed Monday night, according to a source.

He would replace Jim Bollman, who left to become co-offensive coordinator at Michigan State.

At N.C. State, Bridge coached tight ends there from 2007-10 and moved to the offensive line in 2011-12 when Tom O’Brien was dismissed.

He followed O’Brien from Boston College, where he coached tight ends from 2003-06.

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