When Louisville decided to move on from Bobby Petrino earlier this month, it seemed like a foregone conclusion that Jeff Brohm would be the Cardinals' new head coach. The fit was quite obvious.
Brohm starred at Louisville in the 1990s and later coached there as an assistant. His name had been linked to his alma mater before, so now seemed like the perfect time for him to come home.
Thus far, Louisville and Brohm have not come to a deal, and FootballScoop.com has some insight why. A major sticking point revolves around what kind of rebuilding effort Brohm will be undertaking.
Brohm reportedly doesn't think Louisville is set up for a quick turnaround, given the roster turnover that is expected. He wants security in his contract in terms of years and money to deal with a lengthier rebuild.
As of now, Louisville has balked at this, per FootballScoop.
Sources tell FootballScoop that Brohm, through his agent, put that chip on the table in discussions with Louisville about their opening. Brohm wants years and dollars commensurate with what they see as a process that will take time to rebuild. The ask, we’re told, is meaningful but not what anyone in major college football these days would consider over the top. Thus far, Louisville’s side has maintained that there are other viable options who would accept less and that Brohm should be “more reasonable.”
Such bartering is typical of contract negotiations, and isn't an indication that Brohm ultimately won't wind up at Louisville. However, FootballScoop is saying UL has issued a "mid-week deadline" for Brohm to accept the position, which bears watching.
Brohm has reached bowl eligibility in his two seasons coaching at Purdue. Prior to that, he compiled a 30-10 record in three seasons at Western Kentucky, winning back-to-back C-USA championships in 2015 and 2016.
He is 43-22 overall as a head coach.