Update: On Tuesday, it was a saga between Tennessee and Oklahoma State Coach Mike Gundy. On Wednesday, they were the coach of Tennessee and Purdue, Jeff Brohm. An exhausting day of conflicting reports has basically ended without any agreement between Brohm and Tennessee. In the next, he appears to be NC State coach Dave Doeren.
Tennessee athletic director, John Currie, needed to hire this coach in the worst possible way after spoiling the Greg Schiano's debacle over the weekend. Currie may have done just that if he gets the next coach, possibly saving his job in the process.
According to several reports, Tennessee changes its focus to Purdue coach Jeff Brohm to fill his vacancy as coach. However, it must be taken into account that nothing is official. Pat Forde, of Yahoo, writes "Brohm had been happy during a successful first year at Purdue and would be reluctant to leave after a season" and Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports confirms that nothing is imminent between the two parties.
For what it's worth, a spokesman for Purdue has said there has been no contact between Brohm and Tennessee.
Still, it's not surprising that Brohm's name has appeared on the training carousel. Brohm's debut with The Boilermakers was an outstanding 6-6 effort in which he was known to craft fun and creative offensive plays. But it was the defense that really made the most progress. After finishing last in the Big Ten in points per game allowed in 2016, the Boilermakers finished fourth in the same category with 19.3 points per game, almost a total improvement of three touchdowns. Prior to that, he had a 30-10 record in three seasons as a Western Kentucky coach.
For Football Scoop, Brohm's purchase would be $ 5.9 million today if he had to take another job, but it drops significantly in the coming weeks.
The news comes a day after Tennessee interviewed Oklahoma State Coach Mike Gundy. However, Gundy announced on Twitter on Tuesday night that he would stay with the Cowboys . Following Gundy's dismissal of the job, Tennessee allegedly turned his attention to Brohm, Morris and Dave Doeren of NC State.
On Sunday, Tennessee was about to hire Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano, but retired after receiving an intense negative reaction. The large number of failures and refusals in the search for weeks to replace Butch Jones has put Currie at the forefront and center of much criticism, both from the fan base and nationally.