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The Future of Purdue Football: Five Predictions

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New lights, new weights, new coach...same results?

NCAA Football: Purdue at Indiana Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Ah Purdue. It’s truly fear and loathing in West Lafayette these days, but offseasons breed optimism, as do new coach hires. So here’s our format: One question from me, one answer from baba, one (semi-serious) prediction.

FACILITIES

Q: Purdue's facilities have greatly improved in the past year. What does the fanbase think about this upgrade? Any comments from recruits? Will the facilities continue to upgrade in the next five years?

A: Ross-Ade Stadium is getting lights, which some fans seem to care about more than others (including me). The new football performance center (including a fancy weight room and whatnot) should help with recruiting. There are also plans to renovate the scoreboard, sound system, and finally do something with the South End Zone. Gotta spend that BTN money; can't give it to players

Prediction: Upgrade was needed, if only to stop us from making “relegation” jokes, but probably won’t make any difference instantly.

HEAD COACH

Q: Brohm seemed like a perfect hire. How long will he be given to build the program? Are there long term steps laid out, either by him or the administration, on strengthening the program?

A: I am very happy with the Brohm hire. Unless he completely crashes and burns in the first three years, I think he'll get at least give or six years to turn things around. I don't know if any long term steps, but the assistant salary pool was pretty high, and Brohm's getting paid.

Prediction: If no scandals, Brohm has plenty of time to build.

RECRUITING

Q: Purdue hasn't exactly been lighting up the recruiting trail. For the future development of this program, do you see a need to get monster recruits, or would you view getting "the right kids" as more important?

A: I don't think Purdue is ever going to get a lot of monster recruits. Brohm can sell kids on his high-scoring offense and that should be enough to bring in B1G level recruits, rather than beating out only MAC schools for players.

Prediction: If Purdue runs an entertaining offensive system, and puts up some points (good non-football school example: Indiana heh), the chances of athletic recruits or under-the-radar talents coming to West L greatly improves.

OFFENSIVE SYSTEM STUFF

Q: The spread passing attack really put Purdue on the map. Do you see Brohm moving in that direction, or is it player dependent?

A: Brohm's offense relies a lot on run pass options and misdirection rather than a traditional spread passing attack. I think Brohm's system is flexible enough to for work with any group of players.

Prediction: Brohm is able to manufacture a few more points than Hazell HOT TAKE ALERT ALERT ALERT.

GAMEDAY ATMOSPHERE

Q: Gameday atmosphere in West Lafayette. How has the gameday atmosphere been these last few years? Do you see it improving? Does the school need to make a more attractive atmosphere or will a winning program take care of that?

A: The atmosphere on gameday has been kind of sad. They​ try to inject a little excitement with the video clips and sponsored contests, but it comes off as pathetic when the football team is getting crushed year after year. Winning would the this, I think.

Prediction: Give the fans more beer.

Poll

Purdue football: Your thoughts?

This poll is closed

  • 8%
    Improved facilities was absolutely necessary.
    (30 votes)
  • 20%
    Brohm is a perfect fit.
    (74 votes)
  • 21%
    Bad recruiting = bad teams. Simple as that.
    (78 votes)
  • 16%
    Bring back Basketball-on-Grass!
    (58 votes)
  • 33%
    Give the fans more beer.
    (120 votes)
360 votes total Vote Now