Source close to Jeff Brohm: "There is no deal with Purdue"
A source close to Western Kentucky football coach Jeff Brohm denied on Friday that Brohm is close to a deal to become the next coach at Purdue or that there will be a press conference to announce Brohm's hiring on Monday.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A source close to Western Kentucky football coach Jeff Brohm denied on Friday that Brohm is close to a deal to become the next coach at Purdue or that there will be a press conference to announce Brohm's hiring on Monday.
ESPN analyst and Indianapolis radio show host Dan Dakich fueled speculation about the move after Dakich posted a tweet late Friday morning that said:
"Not declaring it "done" yet but Jeff Brohm to Purdue is doneish (is that a word). Press conference Monday I'm hearing."
"That is 100 percent not true," the source said. "It’s completely false. There is no deal with Purdue.
"Jeff’s complete focus is on the game (against Louisiana Tech for the Conference USA title Saturday in Bowling Green). He'll consider his future after that."
Brohm did not respond to a text message on Friday. Unlike most FBS level coaches, Brohm is not represented by an agent.
A story at the Lafayette Journal & Courier posted Thursday at 6:42 p.m. listed four candidates but led with Brohm.
The source close to Brohm did not deny that search firms employed by FBS programs, including Purdue, have expressed interest in Brohm.
After signing a contract extension through the 2019 season last February, Brohm earned about $800,000 this season. Purdue paid Hazell about $2.2 million this season.
Western Michigan coach P.J. Fleck, Troy Calhoun of Air Force and Skip Holtz of Louisiana Tech have also been reported as top candidates at Purdue.
Former Louisiana State coach Les Miles was said to be the early frontrunner but is reportedly out of consideration.
A former star at Trinity High School and the University of Louisville, Brohm is considered one of the top coaching candidates in the game. His three WKU teams have won 29 of 39 games and will try to secure their second consecutive Conference USA title Saturday.
WKU ranks among the top eight FBS teams nationally in passing yards and scoring. The Hilltoppers (9-3) have scored 44 or more points in their last eight games.
Brohm's skill at developing a passing game would likely resonate at Purdue, a program that has a dazzling quarterback lineage that includes Drew Brees, Jim Everett, Bob Griese, Len Dawson, Gary Danileson and Mike Phipps.
Purdue fired Darrell Hazell mid-season. The Boilermakers finished 3-9, losing their final seven games, including their finale with Indiana last Saturday. Purdue has not finished with a winning record since 2011.
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