UPDATE: The latest information from Yahoo! Sports indicates that Tennessee has had discussions with Purdue’s Jeff Brohm, but that no deal is imminent.
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Tennessee may have finally found its next head coach.
The Vols are reportedly “closing in” on a deal with Purdue head coach Jeff Brohm, according to WNML’s Jimmy Hyams.
Brohm holds a 36-16 overall record as a head coach. He went 30-10 (19-5) during three seasons at Western Kentucky, leading the Hilltoppers to three consecutive bowl game appearances and two consecutive first-place finishes in the Conference USA standings before taking over at Purdue this offseason.
Brohm began his career working as the head coach of the Louisville Fire of the Arena Football League in 2002, before joining the University of Louisville as a QB coach in 2003. He was promoted to assistant head coach in 2007 and offensive coordinator in 2008.
Following stops in Florida Atlantic (2009) and Illinois (2011) as a quarterbacks coach, as well as UAB as both a QB coach and offensive coordinator (2012), he joined Western Kentucky’s staff in 2013 as assistant head coach, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2013, before being promoted to head coach the following season.
Brohm is a former journeyman NFL quarterback whose pro career spanned from 1994-2001, ending with the Orlando Rage in the infamous defunct XFL and providing the world with this awesome soundbite:
Similar to his playing career, Brohm has gained a reputation for being a fiery coach, with several memorable locker room speeches that have led to big wins for both Western Kentucky and Purdue.
If it happens, Tennessee fans are likely to be happier about hiring Brohm than Sunday’s reported reached memorandum of understanding with Schiano, which led to protests on social media and UT’s campus by Vol fans and an eventual a breach in the agreement.