THE BROHM ERA BEGINS: WKU's Jeff Brohm is Purdue's Next Head Coach
Jeff Brohm, former Louisville/NFL/XFL quarterback, two time reigning Conference USA champion, up-and-coming coaching wizard, and all-around beautiful man, will be the next head coach of our Purdue Boilermakers.
We did it!
Feature image from the handsome Nathan Baird and the Lafayette Journal and Courier.
Over the last year, we at BS have been compiling our ideal candidates to succeed Darrell Hazell, and it resulted in our massive, cathartic, and slightly unnecessary list of 50+ potential Purdue head coaching candidates immediately after Hazell was fired. For a peek behind the curtain, all of us put together our top 15ish candidates, and the average rankings produced our top tier.
Our collective #1 choice was Jeff Brohm. New AD Mike Bobinski, the Board of Trustees, President Mitch Daniels, and search firm DHR International agreed.
We’ll be analyzing his offensive style, recruiting philosophy, and possible sources of concern in the upcoming days, but know that this is an absolute home-run hire for Purdue. Brohm reportedly turned down offers from Baylor and Cincinnati to come to West Lafayette, indicating that he’s buying the renewed vision being sold by Purdue’s new athletic leadership.
[LET’S ALL TAKE A BREAK TO WATCH THIS VIDEO OF BROHM POPPING RIGHT UP AFTER A PROBABLY BRAIN DAMAGING HIT WITH A LEGENDARY ONE-LINER, OH MAN I’M SO READY FOR THE BROHM ERA]
This marks a massive moment in Purdue football. For the last decade, Purdue football has been on a clear downward trajectory. From the Tiller years of bowls around New Year’s, to the Hope years of Motor City Bowls and occasional OSU upsets, to the Hazell years of zero identity/minimal success/awful-to-watch football, Purdue’s brand as a fun program has devolved into a national laughingstock, a punchline without a requisite joke.
Purdue is now armed with an aggressive athletic director, a massive pile of new Big Ten money (apparently funneled entirely to the athletic department, a significant chance from the Burke years), a yearly B10 divisional slate that avoids Michigan/Michigan State/Ohio State/Penn State, a $60M new practice facility, and now a reported $3+ million commitment for an in-demand head coach and a significant increase in the assistant coach salary pool.
This is, without a doubt, a truly unprecedented commitment to Purdue Athletics’ primary revenue-driving sport. At this point, we can only judge the process Bobinski and Co. have taken, and it’s been relatively flawless.
What we’re about to find out, however, is whether Purdue football has fallen beyond the point of recovery. Currently active high school athletes have never seen a consistently successful Boilermaker football program, and will be committing to Brohm on a complete leap of faith.
We at BS are taking that leap, because we’re pretty sick of Purdue football Saturdays being miserable. Let’s see where this new adventure leads us.