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Dear Mr. Football: Is Purdue rich?

December 27, 2017 GMT

A: Two things about Purdue you might not know: athletic director Mike Bobinski is the man who hired Sean Miller to be Xavier’s head basketball coach in 2004. Two, he authored a contract that gives Jeff Brohm a $112,500 bonus for winning six games and going to a bowl game.

Really? You get a six-figure bonus for going 6-6 in college football? Talk about excess.

The Boilermakers get about $36 million a year from a media rights split via the Big Ten Conference; that total is expected to grow to close to $50 million under a new TV contract that begins next year. The Sports Business Journal referred to it as a “sports joyride.’’

It has so much money that it paid a $900,000 buyout to Western Kentucky when it hired Jeff Brohm away from the Hilltoppers last year. A few weeks earlier it paid $4.45 million to buy out the contract of fired coach Darrell Hazell.

But those are just decimal points in a game defined by decimal points. Purdue has more of those than Arizona.

But on the field, the Boilermakers are similar to the Cal Bears. Just a bit ahead of crummy. If Arizona doesn’t beat Purdue and win the Foster Farms Bowl – if Arizona quarterback Khalil Tate isn’t the game’s MVP – Rich Rodriguez will have a lot of explaining to do.

Arizona 41, Purdue 27