Jeff Brohm, Purdue Reportedly Agree to 7-Year, $29 Million Contract

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistApril 26, 2018

WEST LAFAYETTE, IN - NOVEMBER 04:  Head coach Jeff Brohm of the Purdue Boilermakers is seen during the game against the Illinois Fighting Illini at Ross-Ade Stadium on November 4, 2017 in West Lafayette, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
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After he helped lead the team to its first winning season since 2011, the Purdue Boilermakers rewarded head coach Jeff Brohm with a new contract through the 2024 season, the school announced Thursday.

According to Yahoo Sports' Pat Forde, the deal is worth $29 million total over seven years.

Purdue athletic director Mike Bobinski discussed the extension in the school's press release:

"This extension is a reflection of how pleased we are with Jeff’s leadership of our football program. He has brought renewed energy to our campus, revived our fan base and alumni, and made Purdue relevant once again in the college football landscape. With the success of last season as a foundation, we have tremendous optimism about the future of Purdue football."

The move comes a little over a year after Purdue hired Brohm and gave him a six-year contract through the 2022 campaign. Forde reported the new terms of his contract add $9 million to the overall value in addition to the two years.

Despite how little time he has spent with the Boilermakers, nobody should be surprised Purdue gave Brohm a slight pay raise.

The team made big strides in 2017, particularly on defense. According to Football Outsiders, the Boilermakers were 99th in S&P+ defense rating in 2016 and climbed to 35th this past season. Considering Brohm had built his reputation on high-powered offenses, Purdue's defensive improvement was largely unexpected.

More than just a reward for the team's performance, Purdue will hope Brohm's amended contract will ward off any Power Five suitors for the next few years. The Tennessee Volunteers considered him for their head coaching vacancy but were rebuffed.

Should the Boilermakers continue making strides forward, holding on to Brohm will likely prove more and more difficult.

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