Jeff Brohm is the new head coach at Purdue

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Monday December 05, 2016


Western Kentucky head coach Jeff Brohm has accepted the head coaching job at Purdue.

Brohm is 30-10 in three seasons as WKU’s head coach, including two straight Conference USA championships. He also spoke with Baylor on Sunday and was a target at Cincinnati. A press conference is scheduled for 3 p.m.

The WKU offense under Brohm has averaged 45.1 points per game this year, only 0.2 points away from leading the nation in scoring. Defensive coordinator Nick Holt will serve as interim head coach for the bowl game, and WKU will receive $900,000 in buyout.

Purdue is making a bigger investment in football, with a new indoor facility on the way and reportedly stepping up financially for a coach. The Boilermakers haven't made a bowl game since 2012 and haven't won eight games since 2007.  Scout.com's WKU site reports Brohm will have a 6-year deal worth around $20 million. Former Purdue coach Darrel Hazell earned $2.1 million.

“He is a coach who already has achieved tremendous success and, at the same time, has incredible upside,” Purdue AD Mike Bobinski said in a release. “His reputation and record of accomplishment as an innovative offensive coach and developer of quarterbacks is second to none. That pedigree, combined with his commitment to developing the complete student-athlete and doing so with integrity makes him a perfect fit for Purdue University. I am extremely excited to have Jeff as our head football coach.”

The 45-year-old Brohm played at Louisville in the early 1990s and spent nearly a decade in the professional ranks as a player. After getting into coaching, he was a Louisville assistant from 2003-08, where he worked under Bobby Petrino for a stretch. After Petrino left after 2006, Brohm spent 2008 as offensive coordinator. He spent 2009 as FAU’s QB coach and the next two years in the same role at Illinois.

After serving as UAB’s offensive coordinator in 2012, he rejoined Petrino at Western Kentucky in 2013 as the OC. When Petrino went back to Louisville, Brohm was promoted to head coach and called offensive plays.

He went 8-5 in 2014 and 12-2 in 2015. He lost QB Brandon Doughty to the NFL, but still produced a 10-win season and conference title this year, and the scoring improved. His QB development could have Purdue fans remembering the Joe Tiller days.

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