By Pat Harty
IOWA CITY, Iowa – Some Iowa fans probably would disagree with what I’m about to say, but I hope Jeff Brohm stays at Purdue.
I hope he resists the temptation to be Tennessee’s next football coach in order to keep rebuilding the Purdue program, which is bowl eligible for the first time since 2012 after finishing the regular season with a 6-6 record.
I hope Brohm thinks about more than just money and prestige, although, you could never blame somebody for choosing a job that pays more money. It’s human nature to want more money.
But how much is enough?
Purdue will have to reward Brohm with more money, but that is the cost of doing good business.
Iowa State officials realized that and acted swiftly and decisively by giving Matt Campbell a new six-year contract worth $22.5 million.
The new contract pays Campbell $3.5 million per year, up from $2.1 million the previous contract paid the second-year coach.
The athletic department also agreed to provide an additional $1 million for incremental staff raises.
Some Iowa fans have told me they want Brohm to bolt from Purdue ASAP because the last thing Iowa needs is for Purdue to be a legitimate threat in football again. They say it’s hard enough to compete against the traditional Big Ten powers without Purdue becoming a force.
Hawkeye fans are sensitive about Purdue right now because of what happened on Senior Day when the Boilermakers defeated Iowa 24-15 at Kinnick Stadium.
It’s the same situation with Iowa State in that some Hawkeye fans dread the thought of the Cyclones being successful under Campbell.
I see it as just the opposite because competition helps to avoid complacency and forces you to work harder.
Iowa already suffers from a perception problem due to playing against a weak nonconference schedule and against what many feel is average competition in the Big Ten.
If Iowa State were to become a consistent winner under Campbell, that would only help to strengthen Iowa’s schedule.
It seems pretty weak to want to avoid tough competition rather than embrace it.
It would also be refreshing to see a coach like Brohm stay put because it rarely happens anymore. So many head coaches are in such a big hurry to land a so-called destination job that they fail to consider things like loyalty and fit.
The next head coach at Tennessee probably will have three, or at the most four years, to dethrone Nick Saban or get fired.
Saban has set the bar incredibly high at Alabama and many of the schools in the Southeastern Conference won’t be satisfied until they hire a head coach who can match or succeed him, and that’s just unrealistic.
Kirk Ferentz could've bolted from Iowa a long time ago after rebuilding the program, but he has stayed loyal for lots of reasons besides money. The money certainly helps, but Ferentz could've probably earned as much or more money in a different job.
But he took into account things like fit and long-term stability and it's hard to argue with his decision now because more isn't always better.