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Graham Harrell Leaves West Virginia for Purdue Offensive Coordinator Job

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Graham Harrell is leaving the West Virginia Mountaineers for the offensive coordinator position with Purdue, according to ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg.

Rittenberg shared the report on Twitter on Thursday, that Harrell would be making a lateral move from Morgantown to West Lafayette after just one season in The Mountain State.


Harrell was brought to WVU last offseason from USC to help fix a Mountaineer offense that was routinely in the bottom half of the conference in nearly every offensive category since head coach Neal Brown took over in Morgantown. 

However, not much improved. WVU did improve to 25 points per game to 30 points per game this season, but the Mountaineers ranked 9th in the Big 12 in scoring offense, 9th in total offense, 9th in passing offense and 7th in rushing offense. Consistent, but not an improvement by any stretch of the imagination.


Purdue made the Big Ten Championship Game this past season under Jeff Brohm, but he surprisingly left for the Louisville job. Purdue hired Illinois defensive coordinator Ryan Walters to be their next head coach. Walters is considered a rising star in the sport.

In his second season as defensive coordinator for Illinois in 2022, Walters emerged as one of the nation’s best defensive play callers. The Illini posted an 8-4 record, with five wins holding their opponents under seven points and seven wins at 10 points or fewer. Along with guiding the Illini defense to Top 10 national rankings in 17 different defensive categories, Walters was named 247Sports Defensive Coordinator of the Year and On3 Coordinator of the Year.

Walters, 36, becomes the fourth-youngest coach in FBS football behind Kenny Dillingham (32-Arizona State), Kane Wommack (35-South Alabama) and Dan Lanning (36-Oregon).

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