Purdue coach Jeff Brohm on Monday described speculation linking him to Louisville as “noise” in the wake of his alma mater’s firing Bobby Petrino.
“I’ve heard the noise just like everyone else,” Brohm said during his weekly teleconference. “Unfortunately, it’s important for me to not comment on any speculation right now. I have a job and we’ve got work to do and a lot of it.”
A native of Louisville who became a star quarterback at the University of Louisville and later was an assistant there, Brohm immediately was mentioned as a potential candidate Sunday after the school fired Petrino. However, it’s worth noting that Louisville athletic director Vince Tyra was among those who brought up Brohm’s name.
“I know all the ties-in that Jeff has with Louisville,” Tyra said Sunday (via the Louisville Courier-Journal). “I know the ties-in that he and I have with Trinity (High School). I’ve heard it all. But that doesn’t mean he wants to be here.”
Asked Monday if he has addressed the Louisville speculation with his Purdue players, Brohm said: “I think they trust me and what I’m all about.”
He went on to say that he understands why his name would bubble up, but that he’s happy at Purdue, where he has led a program turnaround over the past two seasons.
“Any time things come about, it’s a product of how your team is doing and how they’re playing,” Brohm said. “If they’ve done some good things, this is sometimes going to happen. I get it. … Trust me, I like where I’m at. There’s great people here. We’ve got great leadership. Yes, we’ve had great fan support. They’ve given us everything we can ask. We’ve got players that are hungry. We’ve got recruits that want to come here. We’ve got great facilities. And we’re trying to improve, and you know what, it’s not easy.”
Brohm’s Boilermakers are 5-5, still a win away from bowl eligibility after a surprising 41-10 loss to Minnesota on Saturday. They face Wisconsin at home this week before their season finale at rival Indiana. Last year’s 7-6 mark was only the second winning season at Purdue over the past decade.
Meanwhile, Brohm has remained popular at Louisville, but, as the Courier-Journal notes, perhaps never more than now.
“When it comes to my hometown, that’s where I’m from, that’s where I grew up and where I played. I took a lot of pride in doing my part,” Brohm said. “A lot of special people there we still have relationships with. My family is there. So I want the program to succeed and do well. But right now, I’m happy where I’m at, and I’ve got a job to do.”
Asked if coaching at Louisville has been a dream of his, Brohm said, “No, it has not,” but “I like where I lived and where I played and I have a great appreciation for that,” adding that he has continued to root for Louisville to do well.
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