Courtesy Purdue Athletics

Boiling Over: Jeff Brohm said he’s staying at Purdue, says USA Today, ABC News, Yahoo! Sports and ESPN. Olivia Krauth covered it for us at Insider.

The former University of Louisville fighting football Cardinals quarterback had been the favorite to take over the now vacant head-coaching gig at Louisville.

He’s now wrapping up his second year with the Boilermakers, a program previously in such a state of disrepair, a 6-6 season is viewed as if a miracle has ridden into Indiana on the back of a Pegasus unicorn trotting down a rainbow.

Which is what made him so attractive to Louisville — after 2018’s two-win season, the program is hoping for such a miracle.

But Brohm’s potential future at the helm of the Cardinals had been all fantasy until Tuesday, when ESPN and CBS Sports say Louisville athletic director Vince Tyra officially met with Brohm in Indiana.

He promised a decision by Wednesday. And when Wednesday came, Brohm released this statement:

This has been a very difficult and emotional decision for me and my family. We are extremely happy at Purdue and thankful for the opportunity to lead this program. 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. While going home was very appealing and meaningful to me, the timing was not ideal. I believe that remaining at Purdue is the right thing to do, and I am excited for the challenges ahead. I want to thank the University of Louisville and Vince Tyra for reaching out and expressing their interest in me. As a former Cardinal player and coach, I want nothing but the best for the University of Louisville. Under the leadership of President Neeli Bendapudi and Vince Tyra, the future of the university is in great hands. I also want to thank all Cardinal fans for their support over the years.

Said Tyra:

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.

The Athletic says: “In turning down Louisville, Jeff Brohm doubles down on desire to be difference-maker at Purdue.” Which he very much appears to be doing. And this is not a popular take here in the mighty “In Other News …” north central headquarters, but right now, staying at Purdue is the smart choice.

And Cardinal fans have had issues with loyalty in the past, with every good Louisville coach and even the average ones, seemingly lured away for greener pastures. You’d think we’d respect when one honors his contract and commitment. Just means we raised him right.

But a good number of Louisville fans were disappointed.

Like this guy, for instance.

That’s his brother Brian’s jersey, mind you, but point made. I guess.

And then there’s this guy:

Louisville Metro Corrections

That’s Thor Wiljanen of Louisville. On Wednesday evening, police say he posted to his Twitter account under the handle “Proud Clarion”: “If Jeff Brohm doesn’t come, we burn down Trinity.”

Trinity High School is Jeff Brohm’s alma matter.

That series of tweets caught the attention of St. Matthews police. They alerted the school and on Thursday, Trinity canceled classes, just to be on the safe side, says ESPN.

And on Thursday, police arrested Mr. Wiljanen for second-degree terroristic threatening, says The Washington Post and Sports Illustrated. That’s a felony.

Defense attorney Ted Shouse told WDRB:

This was not a threat. This was an attempt at humor, an attempt at satire — a poor attempt — but it was meant unseriously and it is not a threat to the community or to the school.

Which is reasonable.

Said Assistant Police Chief Maj. Tony Cobaugh:

In today’s world, the St. Matthews Police Department has no choice but to take threats like this seriously, especially when it involves a school in our own community.

Which is also reasonable. Because they don’t know you, then-anonymous Twitter guy, and if they don’t take it seriously and a thing happens, it’s on them.

You just can’t do that, Thor.

There’s a sentence I never anticipated writing.

Fortunately for me, when I think of putting something questionable on social media, the Dark Lord intervenes.

Meanwhile, the hunt for a new coach continues.

SB Nation asks: “How good is the Louisville job, really?” Their answer: it sort of depends. If the powers that be are expecting the new coach to make the team competitive in its conference, it’s a good place to be; if they expect the kind of wins they had with Lamar Jackson under center, it’s a trap.

Because the next item offers a taste of what you’re in for.

Courtesy University of Louisville Athletics⎪Jermaine Bibb

Governor’s Cup: Your University of Kentucky winning Wildcats trampled your University of Louisville fighting football Cardinals this weekend, says The Washington Post, Reuters and ESPN.

Final Score: Kentucky, 56; Louisville 10.

Saturdays victory gives your Wildcats a record of 9-3 — their first 9-win season since all the way back in 1977. Gas was a mere .65 per gallon, you could grab a new house for about $49,000, the Atari 2600 video game system went on sale for the first time and “Star Wars” dominated the box office.

Your Cardinals generously gave their opponent to score more than 50 points for the seventh time this season and the fifth game in a row.

ESPN says Louisville suspended four players ahead of the game. Junior tight end Jordan Davis, freshman running back Javian Hawkins, junior running back Malik Staples and sophomore running back Dae Williams were all ineligible due to an unspecified violation of team rules.

Kentucky will head off to a third consecutive bowl appearance. At 2-10, your Cardinals will get a big bowl of nope with a dash of hope for next season as the hunt for a new head coach goes full speed ahead.

Wise County Sheriff’s Office

Too Little, Too Late: Officials say that Samuel Little confessed to as many as 90 murders across the country, according to USA Today, BBC, CBS News, NPR and The New York Times.

Mr. Little was arrested at Wayside Christian Mission in 2012 and extradited to California on drug charges. DNA matching led to a conviction of three murders in 2014, but a subsequent background check by the FBI’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Program showed what the FBI describes as “an alarming pattern and compelling links to many more murders.”

Authorities said he offered up his confession in exchange for relocating to a new prison. Authorities have already verified 34 of those with more pending.

Mr. Little was nomadic, preying on women investigators describe as vulnerable, “often involved in prostitution or drugs.” A former boxer, he bludgeoned and strangled victims, leaving no apparent wounds, which made the crimes difficult to solve or classify, in some cases, authorities said.

If all of his confessed homicides are verifies, Mr. Little will go down as the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history. A huge past-due congratulations to the people at Wayside for doing due diligence and ultimately leading him to authorities.

Urban Bourbon Half Marathon

On the Run: Runners World put together a list of “70 American Road Races Every Runner Should Finish.” And you have a few in Kentucky on the list:

It’s a slideshow list, so not a lot of commentary there, but Runners World formed its list from the top listings on race review website BibRave, so if you want more particulars on what landed these particulars on the list, you can head over there.

Photo from MeettheCards.com.

Healthy Outlook: Staying with fitness, every year or so — coincidentally or not-so-coincidentally around the holidays — someone profiles Jennifer Lawrence’s diet and exercise routine. This year’s entry comes from Harper’s Bazaar. And their piece is pretty much compiled of all those other pieces I talked about, from around 2012 up until this year.

That’s an old photo up there, I know. But it felt among the sportiest of the ones I have available.

The Lawrence plan is probably most remarkable for its simplicity, sensibility and ease. It goes a little something like this: eat what you want; exercise it away. If you eat more than you ought or something more decadent than an apple, you take an extra lap.

So, pretty much math.

I get photographed when I’m not asking for it, so there’s added pressure to look and feel your best. For me, it’s easier to put that extra effort into the gym instead of putting the extra effort into: ‘Oh no, I can’t eat that.

She says things change if she needs to look a certain way or do a certain thing for a role, but generally that’s it. So there you go. Sometimes we maybe overthink things.

See you next week.

 

Kyle Ware
Kyle Ware is a Louisville-based actor, artist, educator and writer. His column, In Other News, appears at Insider Louisville every Friday.