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With Western Kentucky now in possession of the Conference USA championship, the Hilltoppers’ coach will become one of the hottest names on the coaching carousel.
Jeff Brohm is expected to meet Sunday with Baylor about its coaching vacancy, sources told Yahoo Sports, and Purdue has expressed some interest in Brohm, as well. Cincinnati could be a third option if the school parts ways with current coach, Tommy Tuberville. However, the option of staying at WKU remains viable as well, sources said.
Brohm is expected to be one of three coaches interviewed by Baylor, according to sources. California’s Sonny Dykes also is believed to be one of the three.
Purdue has been doing homework on Brohm and also is believed to be interested in Western Michigan’s P.J. Fleck, among others. Oregon may have Fleck on its radar as well, in addition to South Florida’s Willie Taggart. A source told Yahoo Sports Saturday that Florida coach Jim McIlwain is not out of the question at Oregon, but it would still appear to be a long shot that he would leave Gainesville for that job.
Cincinnati would contractually be obligated to pay Tuberville a $2.4 million buyout if he is terminated before Dec. 7. After that, the buyout drops to $1.5 million. If the school moves to oust Tuberville, Brohm would be a prime replacement candidate.
Brohm is 30-10 at Western Kentucky, and after defeating Louisiana Tech 58-44 Saturday his teams have won the last two C-USA championships. WKU has averaged more than 44 points per game in each of his three seasons. The former NFL quarterback’s work with South Florida transfer Mike White this season helped cement his reputation for QB development – White had a pass efficiency rating of 112.2 in 2014 at USF, and 178.7 this year at WKU heading into the game Saturday.
Brohm’s quarterback his first two years, Brandon Doughty, threw for nearly 9,900 yards and 97 touchdowns in 2014 and ’15.