Purdue coach Jeff Brohm gets lucrative new contract

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Purdue just gave football coach Jeff Brohm a new seven-year, $36.8 million contract.

Purdue just rewarded its sought-after head coach for his loyalty.

The Boilermakers gave Brohm a new seven-year, $36.8 million contract, the school announced Friday.

Brohm, who led Purdue to back-to-back bowl games, also beat No. 2 Ohio State on Oct. 20 and went 3-0 against Associated Press Top 25 teams last season.

He turned down Louisville to remain at Purdue this offseason. That’s despite his intense personal ties to the school and the city. Brohm went to high school in the city, played quarterback for the Cardinals and worked his way up to offensive coordinator at Louisville in 2008.

Ironically, Purdue’s best player — receiver and kick returner Rondale Moore — graduated from Brohm’s alma mater, Louisville Trinity High School.

The Big Ten distributed more than $50 million in revenue to its member institutions at the end of the most recent fiscal year, which surely helped Purdue make the financial commitment to retain and extend Brohm.

In his only previous stint as a head college football coach, Brohm went 30-10 at Western Kentucky in three seasons, winning a pair of C-USA championships. He’s well-regarded especially as an offensive coach, and has recruited well enough at Purdue to compete in the Big Ten.

With another good season, Brohm’s national profile would only continue to rise. But his contract, which included a $1.7 million signing bonus and annual retention bonuses between $300,000 and $600,000, will make it very difficult for all but the biggest schools to pry him away from the Boilermakers.

“Purdue University is a special place, and the support we have received from Boilermaker fans everywhere has inspired us to work even harder to achieve our goals,” Brohm said in a statement. “My family and I are extremely happy in West Lafayette, and our entire staff is excited about the great opportunities that lie ahead for Purdue football.”

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