Tennessee officials have reached out to Purdue coach Jeff Brohm to gauge his interest in becoming the school’s next coach, multiple sources have told Yahoo Sports.
With Tennessee’s search flailing after potential deals have fallen through with Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano and Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy, Brohm has become a top target for the Volunteers. Sources said a meeting could take place this week, but there is nothing scheduled as of Wednesday morning.
Brohm had been happy during a successful first year at Purdue and would be reluctant to leave after one season, sources said. But Tennessee has long been intrigued with the Brohm family — both Jeff and his younger brother, Brian, were heavily recruited by the Volunteers as star quarterbacks out of Trinity High School in Louisville, Kentucky.
Brohm went 6-6 in his first season at Purdue, which was considered one of the better debut seasons for a first-year coach in a Power 5 conference. He took over a team that went 3-9 in 2016 and helped it develop an identity on offense and led the program to its first bowl game since 2012.
Brohm went 30-10 in three seasons at Western Kentucky. His playing pedigree includes seven seasons in the NFL.
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