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Purdue's Biggest Win In Decades

Jeff Brohm announced that he was not going to leave for Louisville.

November 29, 2018 - 11:34 am
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If you thought Purdue beating then-number 2 Ohio State 49-20 last month was the biggest win in decades, think again. Because they just topped that yesterday when head coach Jeff Brohm announced that he was not going to leave Purdue for Louisville.

To put that in perspective: Jeff Brohm was born in Louisville. He went to high school in Louisville. He went to Louisville, when he had offers to play at bigger programs. He coached the Louisville Fire arena team. He was an assistant at Louisville. 

Nobody reps the Ville harder than Jeff Brohm. He is Mr. Derby City. Jeff Brohm could not be more Louisville if his name was Jeff Louisville. 

So when the University of Louisville head coaching job came open, it was just a matter of dotting the “I”s and making an L. 

And if you were looking for omens when the Cardinals began their courtship of Jeff Brohm, you could not have found a worse one for the Boilermakers than the viral video of repairmen repairing the clock face on the Purdue Bell Tower. And getting clocked by the clock itself.

The video is good. The audio is somehow even better. I’m going to roll it in a second. 

But before I do, a few notes: one – the clock tower is 160 feet tall. Two, the clock face is being held by a crane while two workers attempt to put it back on. Three: you will hear three crashes. The first is the clock hitting the platform where the workers are standing, the second is the clock hitting the tower on the way down, and the third is the clock smashing on the ground.

A glorious sound. And quite possibly the worst omen ever for Boilermaker fans. I mean if clocks are falling from the sky that has to mean Jeff Brohm is gone, right?

Wrong. 

Because yesterday, Jeff Brohm announced that he was staying at Purdue. And I only have four words to say to that:

Boiler

The 

Hell 

Up

That is huge. Beating Ohio State in primetime was incredible. Beating Louisville for Jeff Brohm is even bigger. 

Purdue beats #2 Ohio State, then beats #16 Iowa, and now keeps Jeff Brohm. Who’s got it better than Purdue? Nobody.  

And while it is surprising that someone who is from Louisville, played at Louisville, and coached at Louisville, would turn down the chance to be the head coach at Louisville, it’s not totally surprising if you know Jeff Brohm. The guy is loyal. He’s loyal to his players. He’s loyal to his program. Hell, he’s even loyal to his car, as he told me on the show last month.

The guy is rolling around in a 2004 Honda Accord. He’s one of the best coaches in college football and he’s driving a car that’s worse than most of the students. It’s so old that campus security thought someone was parking in his space. 

He released a statement that read, in part: “This has been a very difficult and emotional decision for me and my family. We are extremely happy at Purdue and thankful for the opportunity to lead this program. After intense and thorough discussion, I believe it is important to finish the building process we have begun and honor the commitment I made to our football program, players, and recruits. While going home was very appealing and meaningful to me, the timing was not ideal. I believe that remaining at Purdue is the right thing to do, and I am excited for the challenges ahead.”

And if you’re a Louisville fan and you’re waking up in pain this morning, I get it. That stings. It sounded so good to welcome back your favorite son and have him lead you to the Promised Land. And by all accounts, Brohm was torn. According to Yahoo, he was very close to leaving on Tuesday night and did not go on a recruiting trip for Purdue on Wednesday. It was so close, that Purdue was starting to think about replacements for Brohm, but he ultimately decided to stay.

I get it. He’s building something special at Purdue. The facilities are improving, he’s recruiting like a demon, and has a special player in Rondale Moore. Overall, the Boilermakers have a confidence about them that I haven’t seen since Joe Tiller and Drew Brees were playing basketball on grass.

And Brohm is extremely loyal. But that loyalty cuts both ways, because when the alma mater calls, you have to listen to that call and you have to think long and hard. 

So, yeah, I get it, Louisville. It hurts. And now you have to go back to the drawing board. But what you don’t have to do is make threats on twitter, which is apparently what happened and led to the closing of Jeff Brohm’s alma mater today. That’s not a good look at all. I don’t care if the threat was a joke or not, the school took it seriously and shut down for the day. So Cards fans, dial it down a little.

I know Brohm stings. But you’ve already got Chris Mack leading the basketball team and you know he’s going to crush it. Trust the process when it comes to your football coaching decision and avoid the threats of violence, joking or real. Thanks.

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