Purdue today announced that Purdue head coaches Jeff Brohm, Matt Painter, and Sharon Versyp along with the Athletic Director Mike Bobinski have all taken voluntary 20% pay cuts in an attempt to lessen the impact of the cancellation of the fall football season in addition to no 2020 NCAA Tournament.
Combined the four big shots in the department and others in higher levels who have voluntarily taken pay cuts have pledged a total of $1 million to the More Than a Game fund that Purdue is attempting to quell the financial hemorrhaging. This is an admirable first step but it won’t do enough for many in the department.
The release from Purdue also mentions additional pay cuts for those in lower levels of the department as well as reductions in force, furloughs, and reduction in hours for those at other levels. This will be extremely hard on many in the department who have built their lives around these jobs. While the $1 million is certainly a nice gesture, and I applaud the coaches for doing this, it’s going to be a long road to recovery for the athletic department. Having a Spring football season would be a huge plus for the financials of the department and would be a large help to the employees and to the other athletes.
We are still in the early days of the decision to not have football so we aren’t sure all of the ripple effects this will have. For now we know that Purdue is doing everything it can to try and help out those in the department who would be hit the hardest. Purdue has a solid leadership structure in place and I hope they can be given every opportunity to help those members of the department who have spent so many hours producing the events and content that all of us know and enjoy. Keep an eye out for additional information on the More Than a Game fund and to see how Purdue handles these changes.