Purdue coach Jeff Brohm made one of the most surprising decisions of the silly 2018-19 coaching season when he refused to return to his alma mater Louisville. Brohm wasn’t just considered an up-and-coming coach — his stock soared after the upsets over then-No. 2 Ohio State and then-No. 19 Iowa – but his family name was (and still is) practically synonymous with the city. After growing up in Louisville, he played quarterback for the Cardinals from 1989 to 1993 and returned after retiring as an assistant coach.
In the end, however, Brohm remained a coach at Purdue. At a Louisville high school alumni association event on Wednesday, Brohm elaborated on his decision to remain in Purdue rather than return “home.”
“You know what … after being in Purdue for two years when it opened, it was a tough decision,” he said, per WDRB-TV in Louisville. “To be perfectly honest, through my schooling and growing up, I believe in at least trying to do the right thing and have morals and values. It was just too early to go. It just wasn’t right.”
He went on to explain how Purdue’s relationship management is an important part of his decision-making process. “You build relationships. People treat you right. People there treated me great. You talk to recruits and they asked me things. A lot of things just went in,” he said.
Louisville went on to hire Scott Satterfield, who went 8-5 and was named 2019 ACC Coach of the Year. However, the under-.500 seasons over the past two years and his courtship with other programs haven’t exactly endeared Satterfield to Cardinal Loyal.
Could Brohm’s mindset change? He didn’t necessarily shut the door on returning to Louisville if the job became vacant sometime later. “Obviously we’re in 6th grade now. I love this city, this area. I am a graduate from Louisville. So anything can happen in the future,” he said.
Brohm is 28-29 in five seasons as the Boilermakers head coach. They went 9-4 and won the Music City Bowl last year and have consistently threatened top teams during his tenure.
https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/news/purdue-coach-jeff-brohm-recounts-tough-call-to-turn-down-louisville-but-keeps-door-open-for-future-return/ Purdue coach Jeff Brohm tells ‘hard call’ to turn down Louisville but keeps the door open for a future return