After a three-year run in Bowling Green, Kentucky, that resulted in back-to-back Conference USA Championships, back-to-back bowl wins, and three straight winning seasons, Jeff Brohm will be leaving Western Kentucky to be the next head coach at Purdue.
Y sources: Western Kentucky's Jeff Brohm has accepted an offer to be the next football coach at Purdue. Story to come.— Pat Forde (@YahooForde) December 5, 2016
It’s happening. Heard a team meeting was scheduled for 10 a.m. this morning https://t.co/jNy8oia57N— Chad Bishop (@MrChadBishop) December 5, 2016
Brohm will leave WKU with a 30-10 record overall and a 19-5 record during conference play. Considering the job market was devoid of big named schools, I thought Brohm would have stayed in Bowling Green for another year and wait for his “dream job.”
The loss is huge for the Tops but they’ve been on an incredible run as their last three head coaches have been Willie Taggart, Bobby Petrino, and Brohm. Suffice to say, they’ve been in this position before. All three head coaches were successful and left WKU in a better place for the next guy to continue WKU’s winning tradition.
What’s next for the Hilltoppers will be interesting. The job has become really attractive in the G5 ranks due to their recent winning ways but during this run they have yet to have a recruiting class near the top of C-USA as they have relied on coaching and development.
Kentucky isn’t necessarily ripe with high school talent and fan support is an issue in a Basketball state. If fans weren’t coming during the best two-year stretch in WKU history does that make the job less desirable on the market?
I guess we’ll find out.