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Living through the roller coaster of Purdue Football is not always easy, but today was a huge moment for a program that has been on the rise. It was not all that long ago that Purdue was a solid football school, with guys like Drew Brees and Kyle Orton leading them to top 10 rankings, and bowl games every year. That all changed in 2008. Joe Tiller was out and the fall of Purdue happened overnight.
Danny Hope was the first coach to try and keep the success. It did not take long to see that he had failed. Then there was Darrell Hazel who never won more than three games in a season. Finally, after 8 years of mediocre football, Purdue hired Jeff Brohm. Jeff Brohm was a game changer, he brought energy and life to the program. Many might know him from an XFL clip of him, the funny idiot who decided to play football after getting a very serious concussion, turns out he brings that passion to everything he does.
Jeff Brohm has brought that passion to Purdue, and the team. Purdue has been able to make back to back winning seasons for the first time since 06-07 and landed one of the top recruits in the history of Purdue Football, Rondale Moore. When asked, Moore said that hearing the way everyone talked about Brohm was a big reason he decided to come to Purdue. Brohm was the mastermind behind a high powered Purdue offense this year that struggled occasionally with costly penalties.
After taking the Boilers out of the basement of the Big Ten, and upsetting a top ten Ohio State team, many feared he would leave West Lafayette for “greener pastures”. Those fears got worse when his alma mater Louisville came calling. For the past few weeks, there has been a lot of speculation about Brohm taking the job at Louisville. Finally, he declined the job today.
This is a big moment for Purdue, not only keeping the man who has turned the program around and his energy but also showing that he believes in this team and passed on a dream of coaching his alma mater. Purdue has a bright future that just got a lot brighter.