Dec. 18, 2001
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - Senior defensive tackle Matt Mitrione has quit the Purdue football team, coach Joe Tiller said Monday.
"He informed me this morning that he did not want to play in the bowl game," Tiller said. "I told him I was not surprised but disappointed."
Junior Brandon Johnson will start in Mitrione's place against Washington State in the Sun Bowl on Dec. 31, Tiller said.
Quarterback Brandon Hance, who started the first nine games for the Boilermakers, said last week he was transferring to a school closer to his California home.
Mitrione was an All-Big Ten selection this season. He had 40 tackles and four sacks for the Boilermakers, despite missing training camp with a stress fracture in his foot.
He also was one of the most outspoken Boilermakers. His public criticism of Indiana last month forced Tiller to make him off-limits to the media the week after the two teams played.
Also, Tiller said Monday that freshman strong safety Chuck McQuaid has decided to transfer.