Purdue head football coach Jeff Brohm wants to play football whenever it is safe to do so and has shared a spring proposal for making a season happen in the spring. It also includes some Jim Harbaugh flavor for good measure.
Brohm proposes that preseason training camp would begin in mid-January ahead of an eight-week season that would start in late February and end in May. To give players time to adequately heal and train, he says that the 2021 fall season should not start until October.
Brohm’s proposal has the teams playing six games within the division and making sure that the schedule is skewed early on to where the teams more south would be hosting these matchups to start the season. The schedule would also include one crossover game with the opposing division.
#Purdue coach @JeffBrohm has put together a very detailed and thoughtful proposal for spring football in the #B1G and how it would work in fall 2021. Will have more later but here’s the overview. pic.twitter.com/2hKtArzqgJ— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) August 13, 2020
Next up is where the Harbaugh influence comes into play, as Brohm says that the eighth game would be a crossover matchup with the team in the same spot in the standings as you are. For example, first place in the East would play first in the West, second place would play second place, etc.
“This idea was brought up by Coach Harbaugh and discussed among Big Ten coaches on several calls when talking about a fall plan,” Brohm wrote. “I think it has merit for the spring, as well.”
Brohm’s season would run from Feb. 27 through April 17 with the College Football Playoff taking place between May 1 and May 15. He proposes in one scenario six-game playoff featuring the Power 5 conference champions and one wild card and first round byes for the top two seeds. The other would feature the Big Ten Championship and Rose Bowl or four-team playoff.
ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg said that Brohm’s proposal was guided by player health and safety and features a massive cutback in padded practices.
Brohm told me players' health guided his thoughts for the plan. During two-season stretch, number of padded practices drops from 144 to 64 for bowl teams and from 114 to 52 for non-bowl teams. Only one padded practice per week would be allowed during the season.— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) August 13, 2020
Another day, another proposal. How do we feel about this one, folks? Sound off in the comments below.