Last year Jeff Brohm was one of the hottest names on the coaching carousel, entertaining interest from high profile schools like Tennessee during their wild coaching search.
Fresh off their resounding win over Ohio State, you can bet that schools looking to make a change have taken notice of what Brohm has done in just two seasons in West Lafayette and will come calling again this off season.
But Brohm had a message for folks thinking that he’s looking to leave this off season.
“I don’t think people realize how good it is here,” Brohm shared about the situation at Purdue with Rivals after practice yesterday.
Asked about how he’s dealing with questions from recruits and their families about how he’s dealing with questions on whether he’ll be leading the Boilermakers the next few seasons, Brohm responded:
“Well, the question is pretty easy in my opinion. When that’s happening, that means good things are going on. Our players in the recruiting world understand exactly where we’re at and we feel really confident in our future here and we feel like we’re going to continue to get better each year.”
Brohm added that when his name popped up linked to other jobs last year, that it actually helped their recruiting profile.
“Any little thing that you can do to give credibility to your program and what you’re building in the eyes of 17 and 18 year olds across the country, it has an effect.”
Brohm signed a two-year contract extension back in April (taking him through the 2024 season)after a 7-6 first season, and the revised contract bumped his salary to $3.8 million for the 2018 season and includes raises of $100k in six of the seven years of the new deal, and a $200k raise in 2022. Brohm’s total compensation puts him at the 27th highest paid coach in college football, according to the USA Today salary database. Purdue also showed their commitment to their head coach by increasing his salary pool by $400k to bring it $3.9 million.
If Brohm were to leave for another job before December 5th, he’d owe Purdue $4.4 million, and that buyout decreases by $1 million every year that follows through December 31, 2024.
Purdue welcomes Michigan State tomorrow and wraps up the year at Iowa, home against Minnesota, at Wisconsin, and they finish with their rivalry game home against Indiana.
Head over to Rivals to catch Brohm’s full comments.