On Thursday, it was reported that former LSU coach Les Miles was no longer a candidate for the Purdue coaching vacancy. It seems the Boilermakers whiffed on their second target, as well.
According to Dan Wolken of USA TODAY Sports, officials in West Lafayette don’t expect to meet with Western Michigan coach P.J. Fleck. The Broncos coach has indicated that he will not meet with any team until after Friday’s conference championship game.
But, if indications are accurate, Fleck won’t be meeting with Purdue at all, and will instead turn his attention to the Oregon vacancy, or return to Western Michigan.
Meanwhile, Purdue still needs a replacement for Darrell Hazell. Apparently its collective attention has turned to Western Kentucky coach Jeff Brohm. There were whispers earlier Friday that Brohm was very seriously considering the move, but he, too, won’t talk with anyone until after WKU’s conference championship game.
Still, rumors have been rampant that he’s in line for the position, should he want it.
ESPN radio host Dan Dakich called Brohm to Purdue “done-ish,” but that was shot down later Friday by a source in a report from WDRB-Louisville’s Rick Bozich.
“That is 100 percent not true,” the source said. “It’s completely false. There is no deal with Purdue.
“Jeff’s complete focus is on the game (against Louisiana Tech for the Conference USA title Saturday in Bowling Green). He’ll consider his future after that.”
Of course, that still leaves the door open for Brohm to consider the job following Saturday’s game, and Wolken also pointed out that Fleck, too, could still consider the position.
But, as of Friday evening, the Boilermakers remain a team without a coach.