Jeff Brohm will not be leaving West Lafayette for Louisville, and will remain the head coach of the Boilermakers.
Much had been made about Jeff Brohm returning to the place he served as both quarterback and offensive coordinator, but eventually opted for the comfort of what he’s in the process of building at Purdue is a better opportunity than the disarray that the Louisville athletic department has found themselves in the past several months. Here’s some quick background on that.
Back in early October, while Bobby Petrino was still leading Louisville, a board member shared that they were in “no position” to buy out Petrino’s contract. The athletic department is currently on the hook for men’s basketball coach Chris Mack’s buyout to lure him away Fromm Xavier, former AD Tom Jurich reached a settlement with the school for what ended up to be about $7 million in total, and former basketball coach Rick Pitino has a breach-of-contract lawsuit for about $35 million still pending.
All that going on while trying to rebuild a program has a tendency to muddy the water a bit for some guys.
Brohm went 30-10 in three seasons at Western Kentucky, establishing himself as one of the most innovative and exciting offensive minds in the game before taking the Boilermakers head job. In two seasons of a rebuilding effort, Brohm has went 7-6 with a win in the Foster Farms bowl, and 6-6 awaiting their bowl destination this year. That .500 mark this fall includes a 49-20 dismantling of #2 Ohio State back on October 20th.
In the Big Ten West, where you have the likes of Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, and Wisconsin, Brohm’s Boilermakers should be able to continue to progress with some really good young talent currently in place and could find themselves in a position to contend for Division titles soon.
As for where Louisville may turn next, sources tell FootballScoop Louisville AD plans to meet with Scott Satterfield and potentially Neal Brown as well. We covered additional options here yesterday.
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