Purdue students react to Jeff Brohm speculation

Purdue football head coach Jeff Brohm is no longer a candidate for Tennessee. This comes after rumors swirled over whether he would take the high-paying position.

Posted: Nov. 30, 2017 12:11 AM
Updated: Nov. 30, 2017 3:43 AM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- Purdue football head coach Jeff Brohm is no longer a candidate for Tennessee. This comes after rumors swirled over whether he would take the high-paying position.

Now, Tennessee is moving on with the search.

However, the scare felt too close for comfort for some Boilermaker fans.

"I feel like Purdue has now become his child," said Tyler Duncan, a Purdue student.

Earlier Wednesday, media reports speculated on whether Brohm was staying or leaving.

"It's kind of nerve-wracking, because we could go back to a poor coaching staff and have a worse season again," student Katia Clymer said.

The speculation has left students wondering what would happen if Brohm was to suddenly bolt, especially after such a great season.

"I mean it's a coach's personal, professional decision to do that," said Rory Feirick. "So, if that's really what he wants and he wants a winning team or winning season - he can do that wherever he wants."

Purdue went 6-6 this season, making the team bowl eligible for the first time since 2012.

"It was so much fun being on the field and cheering for them and seeing how much confidence they had this year going into it with the new coaching compared to last year when there was no student section," said Clymer.

Purdue hired Brohm last December. Before him, Purdue only won a total of nine games from 2013 to 2016.
Brohm came from Western Kentucky, where he had a record of 30-10 over 4 seasons.

"What he's done with the program, I don't really see him leaving," said Duncan. "The people he has brought in from Western Kentucky and all of the players. Everyone is really backing him up."

Now that the rumors about Tennessee have cleared, there are no signs that anything is currently in the works.

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