Louisville native Jeff Brohm rejected an offer to be the next University of Louisville football coach, electing to stay in the same position at Purdue University.

Jeff Brohm | Courtesy Purdue Sports

The rejection comes amid increasing rumors the former Louisville quarterback would return to his alma mater as head coach, squashing fan hopes and weeks of speculation.

“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 Wednesday night. “While going home was very appealing and meaningful to me, the timing was not ideal.”

Athletic Director Vince Tyra will continue the search to replace former UofL coach Bobby Petrino who was fired at the tail-end of Louisville’s season. UofL finished the season at the bottom of the ACC with a 2-10 record.

UofL’s athletic director Vince Tyra

In a statement Wednesday evening, Tyra said: “While Jeff and I had a terrific conversation about the future of the University of Louisville football program and how he could play a role in our success, it was clear that his heart and mind were still with fulfilling his commitment to Purdue. As a Cardinal alumnus, Jeff has accomplished a great deal as a player and as a coach. We wish him the best going forward except when we may meet on the field of play. We will continue our parallel path to determine the next successful leader of our football program. I’m confident in our process and making a final decision in the near term.”

As Louisville’s season declined, Brohm’s name grew as the favorite to replace Petrino as head coach. Brohm played for the Cardinals from 1989 to 1993 before moving into a string of coaching jobs.

Brohm led the Boilermakers to a 13-12 record over two seasons, including a split 6-6 season in 2018. Purdue is currently waiting for a bowl assignment.

Prior, he led Western Kentucky University to a 30-10 record over three seasons.

Petrino began his second stint as UofL’s head coach in 2014, leading the Cardinals to a 36-26 record before his firing. He held a 41-9 record during his first stint from 2003 to 2006.

The 2018 season was UofL’s first without Lamar Jackson or another standout quarterback in recent years.

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Olivia Krauth
Krauth reports on education in Louisville, including JCPS, the University of Louisville and state policy. Before joining Insider Louisville, she covered technology and business as a reporter at TechRepublic. She also spent time on the data team at the Austin American-Statesman in Texas as a Dow Jones intern. Krauth graduated from UofL, where she was an award-winning editor of The Louisville Cardinal and obtained a degree in investigative journalism with a minor in Russian studies. Email Olivia at [email protected]