Purdue's Jeff Brohm wishes B1G would permit fans in some capacity at games this fall
Jeff Brohm isn’t afraid to say it, he wishes fans were permitted to attend football games this fall. Unfortunately for the Purdue head coach and B1G fans everywhere, that won’t be happening.
When the B1G made the decision to reinstate a fall football season, scheduled to begin Oct. 24, the league announced it would be following strict guidelines. Part of the plan to return to competition involved prohibiting fan attendance outside of the parents and family members of players and coaches.
Brohm wishes there was some leniency for fans to attend games, even if in a limited capacity.
“Well, I’m one of these guys, I wish we had some people in the stands,” Brohm told Gold and Black Illustrated. “Whether it’s home or away. Even if it’s 20 percent capacity. But I don’t think that’s going to happen, at least to start off.”
Penn State athletic director said that the B1G came to the decision not to allow fan attendance this season due to the ongoing pandemic. Whether or not that decision could be revisited if circumstances change is yet to be seen.
Most SEC, ACC and Big 12 schools are allowing fans to attend games this season, at least in a limited capacity. Several schools and states have adopted their own policies, rather than allowing the conference to make a decision for all of its teams.
“It’s gonna be different,” Brohm said. “It’s gonna be more of a scrimmage setting, as far as not having the noise and not having that extra pop to bring to the atmosphere. So, I don’t particularly like it, but that’s what we’re dealt with.”
Purdue is scheduled to open the 2020 season against Iowa on Oct. 24.