Spartan Football Adds New Assistant Coach

Michigan State football was looking for a replacement for departed Jim McElwain, and found their guy right in the same league, as Purdue's Blaine Bennett has left Purdue for the Spartans.

OKEMOS,MI-The Spartans have been looking for a new receivers coach and found one right in the Big Ten in Purdue's Blaine Bennett.

Bennett will become not only the receivers coach, but the assistant head coach for John L. Smith as well. Mike Cox will take over as the recruiting cordinator for MSU.

This move makes sense for Bennett and John L. Smith, as both have a connection to Dennis Erickson, and to each other.

Bennett played quarterback for Erickson at Idaho from 1983-85, while Smith was the defensive cordinator for Erickson during the same time frame (1982-85). Bennett also coached for Smith at Idaho in 1991.

As recently as December, Bennett was named as Purdue's recruiting cordinator but decided to leave for the green and white anyway.

Bennett was at Purdue for the last five years where he worked with record-setting quarterback Kyle Orton, and developing quarterback Brandon Kirsch.

Before that Bennett was the head coach at Western Oregon from 1995 to 2000 where he compiled a overall record of 27-32.

That record is a little misleading however as Western Oregon had a jump in Divison's, from NAIA to Division II football.

In fact, Western Oregon won the Columbia football Association Championship in 1997, and Bennett was named Coach Of The Year.

Bennett also coached at Idaho, Chico State, and was a grad assistant at Washington State in 1989 under Joe Tiller, whom he coached under at Purdue as well.

As a quarterback himself, Bennett still hold the CFA record for the most completions in a game with 43 against Puget Sound in 1986.

Bennett is a well-organized guy, overseeing Purdue's summer camps and walk-on program before being named the recruiting cordinator at the end of last year.

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