After Tennessee’s plan to name Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano head coach was met with outrage, resistance and protests on campus, the university’s athletic department changed directions and reached out to a few different candidates.
John Brice of GridironNow.com reported that the Volunteers contacted two current coaches to gauge their interest in the position, one of which was Purdue’s Jeff Brohm. The other was USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin.
A source with first-hand knowledge said Tennessee has contacted Purdue coach Jeff Brohm, as well as Southern Cal offensive coordinator Tee Martin.
Brohm has finished his first season at Purdue, leading the Boilermakers to a 6-6 record and the program’s first bowl appearance since 2012. They clinched the .500 record on Saturday with a win over rival Indiana.
Prior to arriving in West Lafayette, Brohm spent three seasons at Western Kentucky where he tallied a 30-10 record and led the Hilltoppers to back-to-back Conference USA titles.
There have been rumors — though nothing with much validation — that Brohm would be a good fit in Knoxville considering his blue-collar mentality and offensive ingenuity. But there’s some skepticism about whether he would up and leave Purdue after just one season.
Last week, Brohm made an appearance on a radio show in Indianapolis and was asked about his name being attached to other coaching vacancies.
“I don’t like to move a lot,” Brohm said. “This is close to my roots in the state of Kentucky. I’m excited about this challenge and it drives me. I’m looking forward to trying to build this program.”