BOZICH | Brohm Louisville/Purdue decision expected Wednesday
By Rick Bozich
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — Former University of Louisville quarterback Jeff Brohm is expected to decide if he will come home to coach the Cardinals’ football program or remain at Purdue on Wednesday.
A source close to Brohm said that Brohm “weighed everything,” Tuesday evening, and that the coach and his group of advisors were “talking everything through.”
Brohm has always worked through his most important career decisions with his father, Oscar, as well as brothers, Greg and Brian. He is also represented by his attorney, Shawn Freibert. His wife, Jennifer, is a native of Louisville as well.
Another source close to the situation also said that a decision was expected Wednesday. “I expect news soon,” he said.
According to multiple media reports, Brohm met with U of L athletic director Vince Tyra on Tuesday to discuss his vision for the job, which has been open since Bobby Petrino was fired Nov. 11.
Brohm must decide whether he wants to return to his alma mater, where he also served as an assistant coach, or remain at Purdue, where he has led the Boilermakers to 13 wins and a pair of bowl games in two seasons — and has a Top 25 recruiting class orally committed for next season.
Purdue finished the regular season by defeating Indiana, 28-21, Saturday, and the Boilermakers will learn their bowl assignment Sunday. Brohm took over Purdue after leading Western Kentucky to three bowl games in three seasons. He has a strong working relationship with Purdue athletic director Mike Bobinski and university president Mitch Daniels, the former governor of Indiana.
“It’s a tough decision,” the source said. “It’s kind of taken an emotional toll on him.”
Brohm, 47, has six years remaining on his contract with Purdue, which paid him a salary of $3.8 million this season. His salary is expected to climb to at least $5 million, a sum only 13 FBS level coaches earned in 2009
At Louisville, Brohm would take over a team that lost its final nine games, finishing 2-10 while leading to the dismissal of head coach Bobby Petrino with two games remaining on the schedule.
But Brohm would be returning to a program that he picked over Notre Dame, Ohio State, Tennessee and other top programs after finishing his all-state career at Trinity High School with a 1988 state title. He was one of the top local commitments for former U of L coach Howard Schnellenberger, the man who created the plan to make Louisville football a national brand,
Brohm’s father, Oscar, also played quarterback for U of L, as did his younger brother, Brian, the star of Louisville’s 2006 Orange Bowl team. Brohm’s older brother, Greg, was a U of L receiver.
Greg and Brian also work for Jeff Brohm at Purdue. Brian coached the quarterbacks and served as the co-offensive coordinator while Greg is the executive director of football operations and administration. It is uncertain if both would follow him to Louisville, if Brohm accepts Tyra's offer.
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