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Former A-State defensive coordinator, Purdue head coach Leon Burtnett passes away

Leon Burtnett, a Kansas high school football coach, passes away at 78.
Leon Burtnett, a Kansas high school football coach, passes away at 78.
Updated: Jun. 5, 2021 at 6:42 PM CDT
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JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - Former Arkansas State defensive coordinator Leon Burtnett passed away this week. He roamed the Indians sidelines in 1999, 2000, and 2001.

Burtnett had quite the football journey. He had stints with the Indianapolis Colts, Washington State, and Michigan State to name a few. Burtnett was Purdue head coach from 1982-1986. He was the 1984 Big Ten Coach of the Year and the 1984 AFCA Coach of the Year. Burtnett’s Boilermakers won 7 games and reached the Peach Bowl. Some of the those wins in 84 were over Michigan, Ohio State, and Notre Dame.

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