This is a portion of the article from the Jackson Hole Star Tribune.
I love Tiller, he is a good guy and all, but the problems of being a middle of the pack school in a major sports conference take more than a simple good guy can handle. The article below reeks of "this is my last year".....
By PETER HOCKADAY
Star-Tribune staff writer Friday, November 03, 2006
Joe Tiller's wife, Arnette, has a phrase that applies to the couple's ar future.
"I'm going to shuffle off to Buffalo," Joe Tiller said. "That's what my wife says: ‘We're going to shuffle off to Buffalo.' Sounds good to me."
Tiller, the former Wyoming head coach who is beloved in West Lafayette, Ind., for turning around the Purdue football program, says he's nearing the end of his career. He has four years left on his contract with the Boilermakers, and doubts he'll see the end of the contract.
And when he does retire, he plans to move back to Wyoming. He and Arnette bought property near Buffalo and plan to build on it within the next two years. Eventually, he plans to spend his Saturdays traveling either up to Bozeman, Mont., to watch his alma mater Montana State, or to Laramie to watch the Cowboys.
"Eventually, I say," Tiller said. "That's not tomorrow."
Tiller is in the middle of an uncommon losing stretch at Purdue, and the Boilermakers' slide can be partly attributed to Tiller's specialty: The spread offense. Purdue is 46th in the nation in points per game and is coming off the first shutout of Tiller's head coaching career at Penn State on Saturday. Quarterback Curtis Painter, a sophomore, has struggled since taking over in mid-October, and Tiller hasn't found a signal-caller to match the output of former Tiller disciples Drew Brees and Kyle Orton.
The Boilermakers were 5-6 in 2005, Tiller's first losing season in West Lafayette, and are 5-4 this season.
Ironically, Tiller's former team needs Tiller's current team to keep losing games. Purdue sits at seventh place in the Big 10, and if the conference fails to have seven bowl-eligible teams, a spot will open up in the Motor City Bowl. The Cowboys might need that spot if they get bowl-eligible and the Mountain West Conference fills its four bowl contracts with other teams.
"I hope they don't (get our bowl berth)," Tiller said with a laugh. "I love 'em, but I don't love 'em that much."
Tiller and Wyoming head coach Joe Glenn haven't talked about their far-fetched bowl scenarios, but they have shared info on recruits. This spring, Tiller wanted to recruit a junior college cornerback named Terrell Vinson. Vinson played at Wyoming in 2003, Glenn's first season with the Cowboys, before transferring back to junior college in California.
"I (told Tiller) he couldn't get into it and wasn't happy," Glenn said. "Joe chimed in, he said, ‘Laramie's not for everybody.'"
Partly because of Glenn's comments, Tiller ended up recruiting Vinson. The junior worked his way up the Boilermakers' depth chart this fall and is listed as the starter for Purdue's game against Michigan State on Saturday.
Even though the Boilermakers have struggled the past two seasons, Tiller has built up enough good karma at Purdue that fans aren't exactly calling for his head. He led the Boilermakers to the Big 10 championship and the Rose Bowl in 2000, the first time in 33 years Purdue had accomplished those feats. His time in Indiana is referred to as the "Joe Tiller Era" in several of the school's publications.
He had an era at Wyoming, too, from 1991-96. The Cowboys went 39-30 over that stretch, went to the Copper Bowl in 1993 and took eventual national champion Nebraska to the brink of a loss in 1994. But Tiller is perhaps best known for the 1996 season, his last in Laramie, when the Pokes went 10-2. They lost a heartbreaker to Brigham Young in the Western Athletic Conference Championship that eventually cost them a bowl berth.
His last game at UW was a sour one, but Tiller isn't sour on Wyoming. Far from it. He still comes back every summer to go to the Cheyenne Frontier Days rodeo, and looks forward to the days when he can fish during the week and be a fan at UW games on Saturdays.
The shuffling to Buffalo might occur soon enough.
"I'm 63 and there's a lot of trout to be caught," Tiller said.