Kevin Sumlin asked for prayers for a fellow coach following reported health issues Andy Lyons/Getty Images
WEST LAFAYETTE, IN - NOVEMBER 1: Head coach Joe Tiller of Purdue looks on against Northwestern during the game on November 1, 2003 at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Indiana. Purdue defeated Northwestern 34-14. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

On Wednesday at SEC media days, Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin publicly asked for prayers for former Purdue head coach Joe Tiller, saying that the coach “isn’t doing too well”.

The Journal & Courrier reached out to Purdue on Tiller’s condition, getting this statement: “Joe has some health issues but is doing OK.” CBS later reported that Tiller, who turns 75 this year, is dealing with cancer. We wish Tiller all the best as he battles the terrible disease.

Tiller was one of the most successful coaches in Purdue’s football history, as he accumulated an 87-62 record in his 12 seasons with the school. This includes one of the schools only two appearances in the Rose Bowl game, which the Boilermakers made back in 2002.

Tiller originally gave Sumlin one of his first coaching jobs back in 1991, where Sumlin was brought on as a wide receivers coach at Wyoming. Tiller later hired Sumlin to the same position after he had taken over at Purdue.

Bo was born in Atlanta, GA, and has always been a savvy sports follower. He attended Georgia Tech and has previously worked with ESPN TrueHoop, HawksHoop, and the Georgia Tech Newsroom. He covers national college football for FanBuzz.
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