Threat Closes Jeff Brohm's High School - People Need To Get A Grip...

Threat Closes Jeff Brohm's High School - People Need To Get A Grip...

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Threat Closes Jeff Brohm's High School - People Need To Get A Grip...

Kudos to Purdue head coach Jeff Brohm for choosing to stay put in West Lafayette despite an offer to return to his alma mater, Louisville.  Fans have reacted in a way that is yet another example of why people need to get a grip when it comes to all of this stuff….

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The Captain of Clarendon Hills said it best last season as the Boilermakers were in the process of turning some heads on the gridiron.

“Purdue Football, rising like a vampire under this guy Brohm…” he said.

Jeff Brohm has continued the rise of a football program that hasn’t provided a whole lot of excitement ever since Drew Brees was around.

Over two seasons as the head Boiler, Brohm has gone 13-12 overall (7-6 last season and 6-6 this season with a bowl game still to play) and 9-9 in the Big Ten.

Those numbers might not pop out at you – but when we consider the previous seven seasons, they properly represent the progress Brohm is making.

From 2010 through 2016 (the year before Brohm took over), Purdue went 23-60 overall and 12-45 in the Big Ten under Danny Hope, Patrick Higgins (interim coach after Hope was dismissed), Darrell Hazell, and Gerald Parker (interim after Hazell was dismissed).

In the middle of this 2018 season, Brohm gave Purdue fans belief that his program is getting its legs underneath it when he led the Boilers to a 49-20 dismantling of then-#2 Ohio State on an electric night at Ross-Ade Stadium.

Brohm runs an exciting offense and appears to be a level-headed guy who might have what it takes to get Purdue up into the Big Ten’s upper echelon within a few years.

And when his alma mater came calling, most people assumed he’d head home and start to build back up the place where he starred as a quarterback before having a seven-year run in the NFL.

For as much as he’s appreciated the opportunity at Purdue, would anyone have really had a problem with the guy going back to his alma mater to be the savior as its head coach?

But Brohm surprised everyone by choosing to stay with Purdue.

How about this quote from Jeff Brohm –

“I believe it is important to finish the building process we have begun and honor the commitment I made to our football program, players and recruits,” Brohm said in a statement released Wednesday. “While going home was very appealing and meaningful to me, the timing was not ideal. I believe that remaining at Purdue is the right thing to do, and I am excited for the challenges ahead.”

How often does something like this happen these days?

I don’t know if I can point to another situation where a head coach has had an opportunity to go make more money, go back to his alma mater, try to “elevate” his profile, and create a whole lot of hype around himself only to say, “No thanks – I’m going to stick with the commitment I made to these guys here at this place where I’m enjoying my experience with these kids…”

But the nice story ends there for right now.

Louisville fans are disappointed he didn’t come home.

They assumed this was a foregone conclusion and expected to have Brohm leading the Cardinals, starting right now.

And some kooks have gone and demonstrated that people have lost their minds when it comes to all of this stuff.

On Wednesday night, the high school that Brohm graduated from had to announce that it was canceling classes on Thursday because of a threat sent to the school in response to Brohm’s decision to decline Louisville’s offer to become its head football coach.

“Trinity officials were notified by police of a threat against the school due to Jeff Brohm deciding to remain at Purdue,” the school’s website reads.

Link to that announcement is here –

http://www.trinityrocks.com/news/classes-canceled-for-thursday-nov-29/

Eventually, an arrest was made – and, according to Trinity County Sheriff, Woody Wallace, the student who made the bomb threat, DeQuan Hill, has been charged with a third degree felony, terroristic threat to a government facility. He was also charged with resisting arrest, search, or transport.

A link to the report announcing the arrest is here –

http://www.ktre.com/story/36785495/bomb-threat-at-trinity-high-school-ends-in-arrest/

Death threats, school bomb threats – this stuff is now, apparently, normal when it comes to the scuttlebutt and silliness of guys who write satirical stories about football players and teams and games and it’s, apparently, normal when it comes to the decisions made by guys who coach football for a living.

Some people have delivered passive aggressive messages to me verbally and via email or voice mail to me in recent weeks that have, basically, said, “Ah – forget about it – it’s just teenagers in their basement without any life and you shouldn’t take it seriously – and you probably shouldn’t have even written those things anyway….”

Hmm.

Easy for those people to say.

And what about the kids and the parents of the kids who attend Jeff Brohm’s high school that just received a bomb threat because Jeff Brohm decided to stay at Purdue?

Should those kids and those parents just laugh all of that off and “chill out” without any emotional reaction to that type of thing?

How about this for the people who think this stuff isn’t a big deal or that the recipients of threats from strangers shouldn’t be worried about:

When you’re kid’s school receives a bomb threat or when you receive a message telling you that you’re going to be shot for something you wrote, let me know how you’re able to just laugh it off.

In the meantime – everybody – how about not behaving like complete lunatics when it comes to this sports stuff?

If a guy writes an article that you find stupid, consider the notion that nobody’s forcing you to read it and it might be okay to just simply think to yourself, “That was kind of stupid,” rather than sending a message to the author that says you’re going to find where the author’s kids go to school.

And when a coach decides to not become the coach of your favorite team, maybe it’d be okay to not cause a high school community to shut down and go straight to Code Red because of your bomb threat to that high school.

I know it’s like whistling into the wind here – but – how about not being completely insane when it comes to this stuff, people?

Meanwhile, best wishes to Jeff Brohm and his Boilermakers.

Brohm’s program is going to continue to rise like a vampire.

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