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Breaking Down Jeff Brohm’s Contract

Money is the root of all money trees

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At the end of the 2018 football season, Jeff Brohm had a choice. He could go home and coach the University of Louisville Football Cardinals and make a bunch of money. Or, he could stay in West Lafayette and make even more money.

In one of the biggest surprises in modern Purdue sports, Brohm decided to stay at Purdue after receiving a large raise. This raise currently makes Brohm the third-highest coach in the conference. More details of the contract can be found here.

The new contract runs for seven years and totals $36,800,000. That is a lot of money. Especially in the Midwestern part of the United States outside of a couple of big cities. It’s almost too much money for people who read this website to even comprehend. So let’s break it down to show exactly how it is possible to spend that much money in West Lafayette over the next seven years.

Let’s start with a house. Here is a house in West Lafayette for $1,395,000. It isn’t too extravagant, but it does have a sauna. It also has a game room with a framed Magic Johnson Michigan State jersey, and a cool Michigan State poster in the exercise room.

Let’s get a couple of vehicles. Brohm famously drives a 2004 Honda Accord. Let’s start with a new one of those. How about this one with a 2.0L turbocharged four cylinder and a trip computer? $37,049. And for a second vehicle, let’s go crazy: a used Ford F-150 Raptor from a Lafayette car dealership. That’s $52,549.

As the Fast Food company Rally’s has told us over and over again with their television commercials: “You gotta eat.” Well, the same thing is true for Jeff Brohm. A good place to eat at Purdue is Mad Mushroom Pizza. Since Brohm is rich, he will eat like a king. A full 20” order of cheesesticks, that he will eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. What about variety, you say? Well, it comes with 6 sauces, so he can change that up from day-to-day and meal to meal. That comes out to $23 plus $5 for two 2-liters a day. Add tax to this and you get around $30. So over the course of the contract, Brohm will spend $76,650 on cheesesticks.

As a very wealthy man, Brohm will surely get a fancy watch. And we all know that the fanciest watch company is Fossil. This watch is a classic and it is on sale for $79. Shipping is free for orders over $75, so don’t worry about how much shipping would be. Brohm is an honest man, so he will pay state sales tax on the purchase so we’ll say it will be $85.

I don’t think there is much money left after taking out all of those expenses. Let’s do the math on it:

  • $36,800,000
  • -$1,395,000 house
  • -$37,049 new car
  • -$52,549 used souped up truck
  • -$76,650 cheesesticks
  • -$85 fancy watch
  • = $35,238,667

Well, I was expecting there to be less left over after all of those expenses. If Brohm is anything like me, he’ll take a trip to the nearest gas station and buy scratch off tickets and CBD oil and gummies at an alarming rate. He may run out of money doing this before the seven-year contract is up.

As you can see from this breakdown, $36.8 million is a lot, but when you dig a little deeper and look a little closer at how much money it takes to even just survive these days, it may not be enough.


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