Jeff Brohm Is Here To Stay (For Now)
Purdue head coach Jeff Brohm has signed a contract extension that includes a pay raise for himself and an additional $400k per year to spend on his assistant coaches, further signaling Purdue's no kiddin', no foolin' commitment to having a real, big boy football program.
When last we left Coach Brohm, he was turning even the most ardent Purdue cynics (Purdynics?) into believers, leading Purdue to a 7-6 season that included a dramatic win in their bowl game against Arizona. Outclassing a coach like Rich Rodriguez is no easy feat, my friends, but Coach Brohm has the distinction of being RichRod's last collegiate opponent (at least until Tennessee gets tired of the dad-bod, Alabama castoff who's never heard of asparagus they scooped up last offseason).
Anyway, I digress. Coach Brohm is here and got Purdue fans excited virtually immediately in 2017. I'd personally like to just say I told you so as I spent last summer trying to get everyone used to the idea that it's #okaytobeexcited. And I was right (as I usually am, you see).
That excitement quickly turned to fear as we all realized that a hot coaching name plus another season of exceeding expectations combined with how insane programs in the southeastern part of this great nation get when it comes to paying coaches could mean a short stay for the Brohm family in West Lafayette.
In speaking with BoT chair Michael Berghoff last year at the Rutgers game, Aneesh and I were told that Purdue was going to do what was needed to keep Coach Brohm and even if they didn't, "we're going to make this program a place where a good replacement would want to come." So kudos to Daniels, Bobinski and Berghoff for staying true to that.
Jeff Brohm is now signed through 2024 at about $3.8M per season, with six figure raises coming every year. His buyout is "only" $4.4 million this year so while that's fairly steep, it's not something that a crazy SEC school would not consider. All the more reason why Purdue needs to push all the chips into the middle this year and win ten games.
If I had to sum up our feelings on this development, I would use the below photo.