Wednesday's football: Purdue’s Brohm says no to Louisville

Associated Press
Jeff Brohm

Jeff Brohm thought long and hard about returning home to rebuild his alma mater's football team.

Turns out, the timing was off. Besides, he was happy building Purdue's program.

One day after reportedly meeting with Louisville officials in central Indiana, Brohm informed Boilermakers athletic director Mike Bobinski he was turning down the Cardinals job so he could stay in West Lafayette.

"After intense and thorough discussion, I believe it is important to finish the building process we have begun and honor the commitment I made to our football program, players and recruits," Brohm said in a statement initially released to Louisville media. "While going home was very appealing and meaningful to me, the timing was not ideal. I believe that remaining at Purdue is the right thing to do, and I am excited for the challenges ahead."

For the Boilermakers, it's another major victory.

Purdue has now fended off two significant offers from two Power Five conferences over the past 11 months to retain Brohm. And it probably won't be the last time the Boilermakers face such a battle for the 47-year-old Brohm, who is considered one of the bright young coaching minds in college football.

It's taken him only two seasons to turn the Boilermakers from a floundering program into one on the rise, going 13-12 with back-to-back bowl bids for the first time in 2011-12.

Outsiders certainly took notice.

Tennessee offered Brohm its job last winter, but Bobinski won that round by giving Brohm a pay raise and a contract extension.

When Louisville fired Bobby Petrino two weeks ago, Cardinals fans began clamoring for the hometown kid and former Louisville star quarterback to return. Brohm was peppered with questions at his weekly news conference the following day, later that week after another report surfaced that he was taking the Louisville job and again after each of the Boilermakers' final two regular-season games — a triple-overtime loss to Wisconsin and Saturday's victory over rival Indiana to retain the Old Oaken Bucket and become bowl-eligible.

All along, Brohm downplayed the probability of his departure from a school dubbed the Cradle of Quarterbacks.

"This has been a very difficult and emotional decision for me and my family. We are extremely happy at Purdue and thankful for the opportunity to lead this program," Brohm said. "As a former Cardinal player and coach, I want nothing but the best for the University of Louisville."

In five seasons as a head coach, Brohm's teams have reached the postseason all five times. He is 43-22 overall.

Loeffler to Bowling Green

Bowling Green hired Scot Loeffler, who was Boston College offensive coordinator, as its new head coach Wednesday, tapping the Ohio native and longtime quarterback coach to restore the lagging Mid-American Conference program.

Loeffler also is a former Michigan assistant, having worked under coach Lloyd Carr.

The 44-year-old Loeffler has done recent stints as an offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Temple, Auburn and Virginia Tech. The former Michigan quarterback was the Wolverines’ quarterback coach from 2002-07, working with Tom Brady and Chad Henne among others.

He spent 2008 in the NFL with the Lions and worked as quarterback coach at Florida under Urban Meyer in 2009-10.

Loeffler spent the last three seasons at BC where the Eagles have won seven games each year. His teams have played in bowl games 15 of 16 seasons.

Bowling Green is coming off a 3-9 season in which it fired coach Mike Jinks after seven games. The Eagles are 9-27 since winning the Mid-American Conference twice in three seasons from 2013-15 under coaches Dave Clawson (2013) and Dino Babers (2015).

“Bowling Green has a rich football tradition along with an incredible academic reputation,” Loeffler said in a statement. “My family and I look forward to developing a program that will make all BG faculty members, students, former players, alumni and fans proud!”

Loeffler is a native of Barberton and he played at Michigan from 1993-96.

Extra points

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson, 61, is retiring.

He coached the Yellow Jackets for 11 seasons, compiling a career record of 82-59 that included eight bowl appearances. In a statement, he said he wanted to spend time with family.

... A legislator in Texas has filed a bill that would require his alma mater Texas A&M and Texas to resume their storied rivalry during the Thanksgiving holiday period.