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GOLD AND BLACK ILLUSTRATED VOLUME 28, ISSUE 6 17 BY STACY CLARDIE J eff Brohm's draw was the challenge. Even though plenty in the coaching industry, friends even, told Brohm it'd be too big of a proj- ect at Purdue, Brohm accepted the position because he was intrigued by such an idea. Brohm had risen to challenges throughout his foot- ball career, whether as a player or a coach, and guid- ing the Boilermakers was just another chance to add a notch. Athletic Director Mike Bobinski was confident Brohm could orchestrate a turnaround, too, but maybe neither was prepared for what actually transpired in 2017. But after it did, after Purdue not only qualified for a bowl game but won it, Bobinski awarded a raise that pushed Brohm's yearly salary to $3.8 million for 2018 and tacked two years on the contract. Brohm was appreciative of the support, but he also knows it doesn't change much. He isn't done building. He isn't done working. He isn't done winning. There are many more challenges to overcome. Brohm talked about some of those obstacles in mid- June. Here's an excerpt from a 30-minute interview: Q: What do you think are going to be the biggest challenges in Year 2? Brohm: "I think it'll be to continue that hunger and Small Steps More familiar with league, Brohm embraces new challenges Tom Campbell Jeff Brohm wasn't surprised by much in Year 1 — even a bowl game victory that produced a dousing — but he knows there are higher expectations in Year 2.

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