Report: Tennessee set to hire Purdue coach Jeff Brohm
After being turned down by Mike Gundy Tuesday, it appears Tennessee finally has its coach. The Vols are reportedly set to announce the hiring of Purdue coach Jeff Brohm.
Brohm has only coached one season at Purdue and was Western Kentucky head coach for three seasons. He has an extensive history as an assistant coach in the South and played QB for Louisville. He later went on to coach under Bobby Petrino at his alma mater.
Jimmy Hyams of WNML in Knoxville was the first to report the news:
Tennessee will soon announce the hiring of Purdue coach Jeff Brohm after going 6-6 this year. Brohm was 30-10 at Western Kentucky. Buyout is $5 million, drops to $4 million Dec 5. Still owes Purdue about $750k for leaving WKY.
— Jimmy Hyams (@JimmyHyams) November 29, 2017
Considering Tennessee’s struggles on offense this season, Vol fans should be excited over this hire. Brohm’s Western Kentucky offense ranked No. 6 in the nation in scoring in 2014, No. 3 in 2015, and No. 1 in 2016 before landing the Purdue gig. His Boilermaker squad traveled to Missouri this season and won 31-3. Tennessee also traveled to Columbia this season and lost 50-17.
Another interesting note on Brohm, when Nick Saban took over the Alabama program, he tried to hire Brohm, at that time he was Louisville’s OC, to run his Crimson Tide offense. Brohm’s brother Brian was the QB at Louisville at that time, and the Cardinals were coming off a 12-1 season.