It’s an anxiety-inducing time if you’re a Purdue football fan who checks Twitter frequently. Jeff Brohm, Purdue’s football coach as of 1:40 p.m. ET on Wednesday, was the subject of a lot of speculation involving the job opening at Tennessee.
It was reported by FootballScoop on Wednesday morning that Tennessee was “centering” its coaching search on Brohm, who has been at Purdue for just one season.
On Wednesday afternoon, the reports went further. Jimmy Hyams, a Knoxville-based sports radio host, said that Tennessee would “soon announce” that the school was hiring Brohm.
Tennessee will soon announce the hiring of Purdue coach Jeff Brohm after going 6-6 this year. Brohm was 30-10 at Western Kentucky. Buyout is $5 million, drops to $4 million Dec 5. Still owes Purdue about $750k for leaving WKY.
— Jimmy Hyams (@JimmyHyams) November 29, 2017
With rumors surrounding Brohm, he was still out on the recruiting trail representing Purdue on Wednesday. Brohm was in Hopkinsville, Ky. visiting Purdue commit Cory Trice. And according to Chris Jung of the Kentucky New Era newspaper in Hopkinsville, Brohm told Trice that he was 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
Then, around 1:30 p.m. ET, Rivals reported that Tennessee’s coaching search was not over, calling Hyams’ report “premature.” ESPN’s Chris Low followed that up by saying no deal was in place, but there have been “discussions” between Brohm and the Volunteers.
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
FOX’s Bruce Feldman also reported that “nothing was imminent” between Brohm and Purdue.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) November 29, 2017
Nothing will be official until Brohm or Tennessee makes an announcement. That could happen Wednesday, or it could drag on until later in the week.
Sorry you have to go through coaching search season twice in two years, Purdue fans.