Reports: Tennessee shifts focus to Purdue’s Jeff Brohm
After the being snubbed (again) by Mike Gundy... after the Greg Schiano pursuit blew up in their collective faces... after Matt Campbell inked a new deal at Iowa State... after David Cutcliffe (again) declined their advances... after all of that, Tennessee search for a new head coach has taken another turn. And, potentially, a final one.
Per FootballScoop.com, said search is no centered on Purdue head football coach Jeff Brohm. Subsequent to that, ESPN.com reported that the Vols have turned their focus to Brohm. Per the latter site, the university has engaged in discussions with the target about the job.
In his first season at Purdue, Brohm has guided the Boilermakers to a 6-6 record. In the four years prior to his arrival, the program won a combined nine games. He also has the school bowl-eligible for the first time since the 2012 season.
Prior to that, he went 30-10 and won two conference championships in three seasons at Western Kentucky.
Should UT offer the job and Brohm accept, he would owe Purdue either $4.9 million or $5.9 million as part of a buyout, depending on when he was hired.
Should things with Brohm fall through, the university has already held discussions with SMU head coach Chad Morris. Auburn defensive coordinator Kevin Steele is another name rumored to of some level of interest to the program.
UPDATED 9:39 p.m. ET: Brohm has reportedly rebuffed UT’s overtures, and the Vols will now turn their attention to North Carolina State’s Dave Doeren.