Jeff Brohm: A lot of people said to me, 'Why go to Purdue?'

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Sunday December 11, 2016


It’s a question Jeff Brohm is still getting: Why Purdue?

The former Western Kentucky head coach was introduced as Purdue head coach this week after receiving interest for multiple jobs. But while Purdue doesn’t have great resources right now, they’re coming in the form of a new football building and increased salaries, and that was the selling point.

“To be honest with you, a lot of people told me the same thing: ‘Why would you want to go there?’” Brohm said on The Dan Dakich Show.The leadership here, they’re investing in new facilities and things to improve the look and give you a better chance. While those things aren’t done yet, they’re in the process.

“If you have someone come in with some energy and desire to fix what’s going on, that’s the challenge I’m looking forward to. Trust me, myself, staff and players, if we put our mind to it, hopefully we can work our way up, step by step, and you never know what can happen.”

The new football building is expected to be ready by next August.

But the other investment is in coaching. Darrel Hazell’s $2.1 million salary and the $2.4 million salary pool were near the bottom of the Big Ten.

Brohm’s contract will pay him an average of $3.3 million, and the assistant pool will be $3.5 million. That’s nearly $2.5 million going toward coaches. Both numbers would be in the top half of the Big Ten, based on 2016 numbers.

“Without question, (AD Mike Bobinski) and President Daniels have made a commitment to putting the resources in to get this program better,” Brohm said. “You just have to do that in today’s modern era of football and athletics. They’re definitely doing that here. They’re going to give me the resources to get it done. They’re going to trust in my leadership and ability to do that, and I have no complaints whatsoever.

“I think everything’s here in order for me to get it done. Will it take some time? Sure it will. But we’ve got to do it the right way step by step, give our fans and players some excitement by what we’re doing. Hopefully, when they watch us play, we can do that.”

Chris Vannini is in his fifth year with CoachingSearch.com and serves as its managing editor. He has previously written for the Detroit Free Press, The Oakland Press, The State News, MLive.com, 247Sports and SB Nation.  A graduate of Michigan State University, Chris now lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  Be sure to follow @coachingsearch and send emails to chris@coachingsearch.com.