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Thursday, April 26, 2018 5:00 pm

Purdue gives Brohm contract extension

DYLAN SINN | The Journal Gazette

Purdue football coach Jeff Brohm agreed to a contract extension that will keep him in West Lafayette through 2024, the school announced Thursday.

Brohm's original deal was for six years, through the end of the 2022 campaign, with total compensation of $20 million. Along with his extension, the Purdue Board of Trustees approved a raise for the coach, increasing his annual pay from $3.33 million annually to $3.8 million in 2018, with a $100,000 raise each year after that through 2024.

Athletic director Mike Bobinski said that Brohm, who is entering his second season with the Boilers, earned the extra job security with his leadership during his first campaign.

"(Brohm) has brought renewed energy to our campus, revived our fan base and alumni, and made Purdue relevant once again in the college football landscape," Bobinski said in a statement. "With the success of last season as a foundation, we have tremendous optimism about the future of Purdue football."

Purdue went 7-6 in Brohm's first season, the program's most wins in a season since 2011. The Boilers capped the year off with a win over rival Indiana in the regular-season finale and a 38-35 triumph over Arizona in the Foster Farms Bowl. Fan interest increased significantly, with in excess of 13,000 more fans per game at Ross-Ade Stadium than in 2016, the largest increase in the country.

"We have all the resources necessary for success, and I promise that my staff and I will continue to work tirelessly to build a championship-caliber program," Brohm said in a statement. "My family and I love West Lafayette, and we look forward to being part of the Purdue family and this community for years to come."

In addition to raising Brohm's annual pay, the Board of Trustees increased the pool Brohm has available to hire assistants from $3.5 million per year to $3.9 million. 

If Brohm were to be fired, Purdue would owe him $25 million, minus the amount it had already paid him. 

Brohm is the 36th coach in Purdue history and was originally hired in December 2016 after going 30-10 in three seasons with Western Kentucky.

dsinn@jg.net