By Rick Bozich
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Jeff Brohm, who once turned down a scholarship offer from Notre Dame to play quarterback at the University of Louisville, will not leave Purdue University to become the next U of L football coach, a source close to Brohm said Wednesday. Brohm's commitment to his players and administration will keep him at Purdue, where his second team just finished 6-6 and is awaiting its bowl game assignment next month.
Brohm was the unquestioned top target for Louisville fans after athletic director Vince Tyra fired Bobby Petrino Nov. 11. But Brohm's connection to Purdue - and Purdue's support of him - was too powerful for the coach to leave the Big Ten program where he has won 13 games in two rebuilding seasons.
Although Brohm made $3.8 million at Purdue in 2018 with six seasons remaining on his contract, Purdue athletic director Mike Bobinski was expected to add money and years to the deal. Brohm met with Tyra in Indianapolis Tuesday and then discussed his future with family and advisors Tuesday night. One source close to Brohm described the decision as "extremely difficult," and said it took an "emotional toll," on Brohm, whose family roots to Louisville and U of L are deep.
With Brohm out of consideration, Tyra's coaching search must turn to other candidates to rebuild a program that lost its final nine games on the way to a 2-10 season.
Among the head coaches Tyra is expected to consider are Scott Satterfield of Appalachian State; Neal Brown of Troy; Mike Norvell of Memphis; Luke Fickell of Cincinnati; Matt Wells of Utah State and Seth Littrell of North Texas.
Satterfield, 45, is a North Carolina native whose teams have won has won 50 of 74 games since he became the head coach in 2013. His team is 9-2 this season, including a 45-38 loss at Penn State in the season opener. Appalachian State finishes its regular season Saturday with a home game against Louisiana Lafayette.
At Purdue, Brohm, 47, can build on the momentum he created by defeating Ohio State and Iowa this season.
He has oral commitments from a recruiting class two services rank as one of the Top 25 in the nation as well as a strong nucleus of returning players led by freshman receiver Rondale Moore from New Albany, Ind., and Trinity High School.
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