ESPN picks Purdue’s Jeff Brohm as best first-year coach

Purdue’s been impressive to start the 2017 season.

A 3-2 record can’t be scoffed at, but of course, it could be better.

When ESPN’s Mark Schlabach posted an article handing out his midseason awards, there were a lot of deserving of deserving players and coaches. Under the best first-year coach category, Purdue’s Jeff Brohm was among four candidates.

Brohm’s 3-2 record is up against P.J. Fleck’s 3-2 Minnesota Golden Gophers, Lincoln Riley’s 4-1 Oklahoma Sooners and Charlie Strong’s 5-0 South Florida Bulls. But, records don’t mean everything.

Here’s what Schlabach had to say about Brohm, who he ended up picking as the best first-year coach to this point:

“Brohm inherited an absolute dumpster fire — the Boilermakers went 3-9 in 2016 and won nine games the previous four seasons combined — but his team is already competitive in the Big Ten. Purdue nearly upset Louisville in its opener and then beat Missouri by 32 points and Minnesota by 14.”

Other teams — as noted above — have had impressive starts to the 2017 season as well, but there is something to be said for what Brohm has taken on at Purdue. The talent surely isn’t equal to what some other coaches inherited, but getting the Boilermakers headed in the right direction for the future shouldn’t be taken lightly.

Purdue will travel to face No. 7 Wisconsin at 3:30 p.m. ET on Oct. 14. The game will be televised on BTN.

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