Nebraska athletic director Bill Moos told The Associated Press on Tuesday night that his comment earlier in the day that the Big Ten’s two highest-profile football coaches are “running a little bit scared right now” of the Huskers, was “a bit tongue in cheek.”
Speaking Tuesday at a luncheon at the Omaha Press Club, Moos, who hired Scott Frost months after he arrived from Washington State, said Nebraska football is ready to recapture the “golden era” under its new coach.
Nebraska is coming off of a 4-8 season and seeking its first conference title since 1999, when it played in the Big 12. The Huskers entered the Big Ten in 2011 but have won their division just once.
Brohm, who signed a six-year contract with the school in December 2016, will receive $100,000 raises in six of the seven years of the new deal and a $200,000 raise in 2022. The new agreement includes $29 million in compensation, with the opportunity to earn more through incentives.
Brohm’s new contract also increases Purdue’s staff salary pool by $400,000, to $3.9 million.
“From my first conversation with [university president] Mitch Daniels, [board of trustees chair] Mike Berghoff and [athletic director] Mike Bobinski, it was apparent that there was a commitment to rebuilding this football program, and I am honored to be Purdue’s head coach,” Brohm said in a statement. “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.
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.”
Brohm, 47, went 7-6 in his first season at Purdue, with victories over rival Indiana and Arizona, in the Foster Farms Bowl. The former Louisville quarterback, who went on to play in the NFL and XFL, is 37-16 in four seasons as a college head coach.