Reports: Purdue football searching for a new head coach

According to multiple reports, Indiana’s in-state rival is searching for a new head coach as Jeff Brohm will depart to take the opening at Louisville.  ESPN’s Chris Low appeared to report the news first.

A Louisville native, the Brohm to Louisville chatter has been a constant since he took over the Purdue program in 2017.

Brohm spent six seasons in West Lafayette, where he compiled 36-34 overall.  He entered the Big Ten the same year IU head coach Tom Allen took over in Bloomington full time.  Brohm held a 4-1 record head-to-head against Allen and the Hoosiers, although the programs did not meet in 2020 — Indiana’s best season during the span.  Allen is 30-40 during his time at IU.

Under Brohm’s direction, the Purdue program saw a turnaround following the Darrell Hazell era.  Hazell went 9-33 overall and 3-24 in the Big Ten over four seasons.  Brohm was 26-25 in the Big Ten.  He took Purdue to four bowl games, and the 2022 Big Ten title game.

It won’t be the last Indiana sees of Brohm.  Indiana and Louisville begin a three-game series with the Cardinals beginning next season at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, followed by home-and-home contests.

Now Purdue must attempt to maintain their momentum, something that is always a challenge, and especially during the transfer portal era.  The portal is open now through mid-January.

The Boilermakers also have a top-40 national recruiting class for 2023 they now must try to retain, including seven players from the state of Indiana.  The early signing period is next week.

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