WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- After a 48-year association with Purdue University, Bob DeMoss will retire as assistant athletic director at the end of June.
DeMoss came to Purdue as a football recruit from Dayton, Ky., and became the starting quarterback as a freshman.
He led Purdue to a stunning 35-13 upset of top-rated Ohio State in Ohio Stadium that year.
'When I came here as a freshman in 1945, I had no idea I'd be here for 48 years,' DeMoss said. 'But I'm a people person and Purdue is a people university. I guess it was a perfect match.'
DeMoss joined the football coaching staff in 1950 a year after earning a degree in forestry.
For 20 years he was an assistant football coach and in 1970 replaced Jack Mollenkopf as head coach. He held the job through 1972 and has been an assistant athletic director since then.
He is credited with developing Purdue's reputation as the 'cradle of quarterbacks,' having recruited and coached the likes of Dale Samuels, Len Dawson, Bernie Allen, Bob Griese, Mike Phipps and Gary Danielson.