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Purdue Hires Jeff Brohm As Head Coach. What Does It All Mean?

Purdue hires Jeff Brohm as its new head coach. What Does It All Mean?


Purdue will try to crank up the offense again, getting Western Kentucky head coach Jeff Brohm to take over the program. What does it all mean?


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Welcome back to the Purdue style of offense

If you want the right guy to bring back the Basketball On Grass style of football that former head coach Joe Tiller made so much fun, and Drew Brees and Kyle Orton took to another level, here you go with the hiring of Jeff Brohm from Western Kentucky.

Brohm won two straight Conference USA championships with one of the most fun and exciting offenses in college football. And most importantly for Purdue, he did it without a slew of four and five-star recruits.

The Hilltoppers averaged 337 passing yards and 45 points per game this year on the way to a ten-win season, and was No. 1 in the nation in passing efficiency last year while averaging 372 yards and 44 points per game in a 12-win campaign.

The right step up for Brohm

The Louisville gig would be the most natural fit, but Bobby Petrino isn’t going anywhere. Illinois had its shot to get it former quarterback coach, and it chose Lovie Smith instead. There’s hardly any faulting that, but now the Illini have to deal with the Brohm offense every year in their own division.

Purdue might not be the premier gig that might be out there once the coaching carousel really opens up, but it’s in the Big Ten East, not the West, like the new Indiana coach will have to deal with facing Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State and Michigan State.

Oregon would’ve been an interesting choice, considering it likes to crank up the offense, but Phil Knight and company might be thinking a whole lot bigger.

This should work. Add a little defense to the mix, and Purdue should be a dangerous factor again.

The Western Kentucky head coaching run

David Elson struggled as the WKU head man as the program made the move to the FBS world, but since then, the program’s last three head coaches have been home runs: Willie Taggart, Bobby Petrino, Jeff Brohm. Throw into the equation the Jack Harbaugh run from 1989 to 2002, and the program knows top-shelf head men. This becomes a solid next-step-up gig that any coach with a great offensive mind can step into and shine, especially if he wants to pull a Petrino and rehab his career – Steve Sarkisian, anyone?

Okay, Jeff Brohm. Turn this around

Purdue has had just one winning season in the last eight years and hasn’t been much of a factor in the Big Ten title chase since 2003. He’s young – just 45 – accomplished, and considered to be one of the brightest offensive minds in the business. The only real question is whether or not he can crank this up on his own. He went 30-10 at WKU with two conference titles, but with Willie Taggart’s and Bobby Petrino’s players. No one will expect miracles right away, and the defense has more issues than the offense, but at least Brohm will get the passing attack rolling.