November 12th, 2018 at 6:42 PM ^

Brohm to Louisville, it just makes sense from a standpoint that not only is it his alma mater, but he also has a better shot at making the college football playoff at Louisville over Purdue.

Purdue should go after Ryan Day, or Luke Fickell in my opinion.


November 12th, 2018 at 6:49 PM ^

I hope he goes to Louisville but how do you figure he has an easier path there? They’re in the same division as Clemson and FSU who are probably both better programs than Wisconsin and definitely better than Iowa, etc. 


November 12th, 2018 at 7:25 PM ^

Beyond the fact that Louisville spends a lot more on athletics (and thus football), it's probably a bit myopic to solely look at their places in their respective divisions. At worst, Louisville is the fourth best job in the ACC (and you could make a compelling case for third over Miami). It's a program that will at least spend like it has aspirations of consistently being in the top 25. What's Purdue's actual ceiling in the Big 10? Case in point, for all the success that Joe Tiller had, he never had a 10-win season.


November 13th, 2018 at 4:51 AM ^

Recent football success is not the only criterion here.

Louisville is a commmuter school with a below-average academic reputation that hitched its wagon to dirtbag John Schnatter for the last 20 years.  It doesn’t have a great campus. It doesn’t have a great alumni network. It doesn’t have great facilities.  It’s not in a place with natural beauty or beaches or great weather or amazing culture. The Louisville name might still carry national cachet in hoops (not sure after the Pitino scandals); it doesn’t in football.  What selling points does Louisville ultimately have? Trinity v. St. X? That its fanbase largely views cheating as a perfectly acceptable means of winning? There’s just not much there.

I don’t see any comparison between a job like Louisville and some of the great flagship public schools like UNC or UVA.  Yeah, those schools have had only sporadic past football success.  But they are places with ample resources and selling points, where if a coach could build a winning program it would be more realistic to sustain it over a long period of time.  Think about programs like Wisconsin before Alvarez, or Oregon before Belotti—they weren’t good at football then either, but the potential was always there.  I look at Louisville and I just don’t see that kind of potential. 

As far as Boston College and Georgia Tech, I think those are much closer calls.  I put them ahead of Louisville because I see them both as superior institutions with better football tradition, but I suppose Louisville’s recent success under John L and Petrino may give them a case.  Even if UL is the better job, though, it’s not by much.


November 12th, 2018 at 7:06 PM ^

Is it considered a mortal lock that Brohm is leaving? I know it's his alma mater but its a shitty one at best and not sure its an upgrade-prestige wise-over Purdue.


November 13th, 2018 at 12:31 AM ^

Agreed.  I'd maybe even put Purdue fifth at best in B1GW momentum.  UW/Iowa/Nebraska/Northwestern are all probably positioned for more immediate success than is Purdue.

I think the Purdue job is more prestigious, but I also think it's harder to succeed.  He's a good coach but I'd think it's in his best interest to move on.


November 12th, 2018 at 7:08 PM ^

Brohm to Louisville is an easy statement to make, similar to Harbaugh to Michigan.  But if you're Brohm, will never be hotter, including NFL.  Doesn't it make sense to see if other prime jobs like say USC open up and see what happens?  Petrino and Pitino have turned Louisville sports into a shit hole, so why would you jump into that mess!  Papa John doesn't have that dough to throw around these days.  


November 13th, 2018 at 11:11 AM ^

Not to sure about that one! I could see that happening as USC is looking and has been looking at potential coaches all year. USC has always hired a coach no one saw coming. I wouldn’t be surprised if they swing for the fences for Meyer and settle for Brohm type if denied. Watch for Del Rio, Fisher, etc as they are all ex SC guys and unemployed!!!


November 12th, 2018 at 7:22 PM ^

Your last comment is why it makes perfect sense.  Expectations very low after a couple shit bags ran their course.  He is one of them as a grad...they can pay him if they choose to....lots of scratch in horse country.  Perfect time to get a long term big buyout deal and become, in essence, what Harbaugh has been for us. And last....have you ever been to west lafayette???   Give me Louisville 100 times before that mess.

Mr Miggle

November 12th, 2018 at 7:36 PM ^

Brohm is a hot commodity - for the Louisville job. If the USC job opens up he'd be a long shot candidate at best. Two .500 seasons at Purdue doesn't turn him into a contender for top jobs across the country.

If you're looking for a candidate from the Midwest, Matt Campbell is way ahead of Brohm. Iowa State is another very tough place to win at and he's gotten them ranked two years in a row. But USC and other high profile programs in the south and west aren't likely to hire a coach with no regional ties. 



November 12th, 2018 at 7:45 PM ^

Totally agree.  If Brohm feels like he’s another season from seriously breaking through at Purdue (and winning like 9-10 games), then it might make sense to stay another year and go for something better than Louisville.  But right now the only real top job that is expected to open up is USC, and he’s neither a good regional fit nor a proven enough commodity for that gig.