Tiller served as the head football coach at the University of Wyoming from 1991 to 1996 and Purdue University from 1997 to 2008, having a career college football record of 126–92–1. Tiller was known as one of the innovators of the spread offense. He played for the Calgary Stampeders and for the Montana State Bobcats.
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- "Legendary Purdue football coach Joe Tiller, 74, dies".