Welcome back to Boilermusings where I cram some stories that I can’t wring a whole story out of into one story Captain Planet style.
It was announced this week that Jeff Brohm has finalized the structure of his defensive staff. Check it out.
#Purdue announces defensive staff structure:— mike carmin (@carmin_jc) June 16, 2021
Brad Lambert, Co-DC/LB
Ron English, Co-DC/Secondary
Mark Hagen, Co-DC/DL
James Adams, CB
Marty Biagi, ST/Def. Assistant
Your eyes do not deceive you, there are in fact three defensive coordinators listed. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen anything like this. Couple of thoughts here. There has to be a better delineation of duties behind the scenes. Someone has to call the plays because that’s not something you can do by committee. And it’s not as if Brohm can receive three plays and make a choice before each play. That would be utter chaos.
The only scenario I can think of in which this makes sense is if it’s some technical thing in order to get the other two coaches some extra cash. Maybe there’s a hierarchical pay structure that we aren’t aware of and coordinators can make X amount more than just assistant coaches. Other than that this one is a head scratcher.
Nebraska’s Scott Frost Hates the Transfer Portal
Look, Scott Frost is annoying. There’s no two ways about it. He acts like the kid who used to be a big deal in high school but hasn’t done a whole lot since. He’ll tell you all about the time he won Homecoming King his senior year though!
Well, recently Frost went off about the transfer portal and while some of what he said makes sense, the grass isn’t always greener, some tampering is clearly going on, etc., what I’d like to focus on came in about the middle of his rant.
Here’s the full one-minute, 45-second answer from Nebraska coach Scott Frost today in Kearney to a question from the audience about the transfer portal. pic.twitter.com/zRRwNuqxee— Mitch Sherman (@mitchsherman) June 17, 2021
Frost says “because every kid who leaves any program thinks they’re going straight to Nebraska or Alabama.” Ahh yes, those two current college football powerhouses Nebraska and Alabama. Putting your name next to a perennial power doesn’t make you better by association. It makes you look weak. In his head though I’m not sure he understands this. Nebraska is still the sleeping giant ready to strike at any moment. They just need a few more guys and the college football world will return to normal with Nebraska back on top baby! You’ll see! You’ll all see!
Katie Gearlds Enjoying Life
With less than a year before she becomes the head coach of Purdue women’s basketball Katie Gearlds is getting her feet wet with the fans and with social media. A good online presence is something Purdue has been missing. Gearlds is young, fun, and charismatic. As much as all of us appreciate Sharon Versyp and everything she’s done for the program it will be a welcome change to see what Gearlds can do.
If you follow Gearlds on Twitter you’ll see that she’s been engaging with fans and tweeting out some pretty good content. It’s not going to set the world on fire or result in top 10 recruits suddenly choosing Purdue but it’s a step in the right direction. Right now the program is still in a free fall/tailspin/rock bottom whatever you wanna call it, but with a changing of the guard coming there is hope that Gearlds can right the ship and get Purdue Women’s Basketball back to where we know it can be.
Also, I know it’s not only Gearlds involved here it’s the entire sports information department and all those on the creative content side. So kudos to them for helping to turn the image of the program around.