WATE) — The Volunteers are highly considering Purdue’s Jeff Brohm, according to ESPN. Sources tell ESPN’s Chris Low that Tennessee officials are in discussions with the coach, although a deal is not close to being done.
In three years as the head coach at Western Kentucky and one year at Purdue, Brohm has an overall record of 36-16, including going 19-5 in Conference USA and 4-5 in the Big Ten. Purdue is also bowl eligible for the first time in five years.
In 2016, the year before Brohm arrived, Purdue was 3-9 (1-8 in the Big Ten).
Brohm led Western Kentucky to three bowls in his tenure there, defeating Central Michigan in the 2014 Bahamas Bowl and South Florida in the 2015 Miami Beach Bowl. The team beat Memphis 51-31 in the 2016 Boca Raton Bowl, although Brohm had already left for Purdue at that point. Western Kentucky finished #24 in the Associated Press poll in 2015. Under his leadership, Western Kentucky won the Conference USA Championship in 2015 and 2016.
Brohm also served as Bobby Petrino’s quarterbacks coach at Louisville and was promoted to offensive coordinator when Petrino left Louisville for the NFL.
He also worked as the quarterbacks coach at Florida Atlantic and Illinois, as well as the offensive coordinator at UAB.
In college, Brohm played quarterback for Louisville, and later was the signal caller for six different NFL teams. During his time in the pros, he played for the San Diego Chargers, Washington Redskins, San Fransico 49ers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Denver Broncos and Cleveland Browns. He also played one season in the XFL.
Brohm signed a 6-year deal with Purdue worth nearly $20 million in December. His buyout before Dec. 5 is $5 million, plus whatever is left of a loan Purdue paid to Western Kentucky. Brohm’s buyout drops to $4 million after Dec. 5.
Brohm and his wife, Jennifer, have two children, Brady and Brooke.
Tennessee has also reached out to Auburn defensive coordinator Kevin Steele and had phone conversations with SMU coach Chad Morris. Tennessee was pursuing Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy, who decided to remain with the team on Tuesday night. In addition, the Vols had a deal in place with Ohio State offensive Coordinator Greg Schiano, although the deal fell apart following a social media uprising from the Tennessee fan base and former players. Duke head coach and former UT offensive coordinator David Cutcliffe also turned down the Vols.