Jeff Brohm appears to still be Purdue’s head football coach, at least at the time I’m writing this.
That might come as a shock to some, as one report on Tuesday said Tennessee would “soon announce” that the Boilermakers coach was becoming the Vols coach. That has since been debunked by some well-connected national college football reporters.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) November 29, 2017
Told by both sides that no deal is in place between Tennessee and Purdue's Jeff Brohm and not close to being done at this point, although there have been discussions.
— Chris Low (@ClowESPN) November 29, 2017
Before that happened, the original report still seemed questionable. A Purdue recruit told a reporter Brohm told him he’s not leaving for Tennessee.
Purdue University football coach Jeff Brohm was at Christian County High School today to visit 2018 commit Cory Trice. According to Trice, Brohm said he’s not leaving the Boilermakers for Tennessee. https://t.co/TKmPnJIn9L
— Chris Jung (@ChrisJungKNE) November 29, 2017
And Purdue’s team spokesman said Brohm “has been out recruiting since Monday, getting ready for a bowl game, and has not been contacted by Tennessee.”
This kind of thing happens all the time because coaching search season is wild
Purdue isn’t usually involved in this kind of thing, but an SEC coaching search is something to be reckoned with. We don’t have to look back far to find an example.
A live stream at an airport of Tennessee fans hoping Jon Gruden would show up got 50,000 views, for one. Fans even try to track airplanes heading to or from their schools that just might (and usually don’t) have coaches meeting with potential candidates.
This wasn’t as nuts as that. Still, it involved one person reporting the deal was done, then radio silence for almost an hour while the internet actually praised the hire. It left fans not knowing what to believe, and had the Purdue internet feeling sad.
@JeffBrohm please stay coach. You have no idea what you mean to the fans of this team. Not your die-hards, the student fans, or your general ive been to a game fan. Every fan. The grandparents that taught me what Purdue means. The lost family members that taught me what it means
— Ryan Gray (@Redhairy) November 29, 2017
The only thing I want for Christmas this year is Jeff Brohm to stay at Purdue..
— Dylan Gerig (@d_gerig) November 29, 2017
— Joe Stark (@kratseoj) November 29, 2017
Brohm *could* still conceivably end up at Tennessee, but that might not be looking as likely now
College football history is full of coaches who told their players and recruits they weren’t going anywhere, only to exit stage left and end up at a more prestigious job. That said, Football Scoop is reporting the Vols “intend to pivot to NC State head coach Dave Doeren.”
So there you go.
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