By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Coaching hires are always a gamble. Sometimes, the school thinks that they got it right, but as time progresses, the school decides to go in another direction, usually a few seasons later.
The Purdue Boilermakers have made several questionable decisions in the past.
However, they seem to have gotten their head coaching hire right this time. It took a massive win over No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes to see it.
Jeff Brohm was hired by the school prior to the 2017 season after three seasons as the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers head coach. During his tenure there, he won 30 games and lost just 10.
In his final two seasons, the team went 12-5.
Brohm took over a team, who had not had a winning season since the 2011 season when they went 7-6. From 2012 through 2016, the team had just 15 wins in five seasons.
The team had just one win in 2013 and two wins during the 2015 season.
In his first year, he guided the team to its first Bowl win since the 2011 season when Danny Hope won the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl with his team. The Boilermakers won the Foster Farms Bowl in 2017 over the Arizona Wildcats.
The Boilermakers had five wins against FBS teams in four years prior to Brohm was hired by the school. Now, they have 11 wins over FBS schools, including two upset wins, as they also defeated then-No. 23 Boston College Eagles to begin their win streak.
This was also the Purdue’s first win over a Top 5 team since 1999.
The Boilermakers hope that they can keep this momentum rolling into the rest of their season. They only have five games left, including three with ranked teams.
Purdue will have No. 24 Michigan State Spartans up next on Saturday, October 27th at noon on ESPN. Then, they face another ranked team, the No. 19 Iowa Hawkeyes on Saturday, November 3rd.
After a game with the Minnesota Golden Gophers, they face the No. 23 Wisconsin Badgers on Saturday, November 17th. They end the regular season on Thanksgiving weekend at the Indiana Hoosiers.
Besides on the field for this season, Brohm and his coaching staff also will likely receive a recruiting boost from this win.
Purdue knew that Brohm was special that they signed him to a two-year extension this past April just months after he guided the team to the 7-6 record. Now, he’ll be paid $29 million through the 2024 season.
“That’s what it’s intended to be, not only to Jeff and his staff, but people that might be looking to join our program,” Purdue athletic director Mike Bobinski said. “If they’re wondering or not if we’re serious about keeping a top-flight coach here at Purdue, we’re tried to move in that direction here again.
“That’s the goal for sure. We want Jeff to know and others to know that we intend to build this thing and Jeff is the right guy to build it.”
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