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Purdue picks Western Kentucky’s Jeff Brohm as next head football coach

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University picked its next head football coach.

Jeff Brohm has accepted Purdue’s offer to coach Purdue next season. Purdue's Twitter account confirmed the news, reported earlier by Yahoo. Brohm, head coach at Western Kentucky University, emerged as one of the top names for college football coaching vacancies, with Cincinnati and Baylor both reportedly expressing interest.

According to Yahoo, Brohm met with Western Kentucky players Monday morning to inform them of his decision.

Brohm played college football at Louisville and spent time in the NFL with the Chargers, Redskins, 49ers, Bucs, Broncos and Browns. He also played in the XFL with the Orlando Rage.

"It's official. We have our guy," the Twitter account for Purdue Football said in a post Monday afternoon. The post included a video confirming Brohm's hiring. In a release about Brohm, the university referred to him as "one of the most innovative offensive masterminds in college football."

He is officially the 36th full-time head football coach at Purdue.

As head coach at Western Kentucky, Brohm led the Hilltoppers to two straight Conference USA championships. His record as head coach was 30-10 over three seasons.

Purdue athletics director Mike Bobinski said Brohm has been offered a 6-year contract, pending approval of the Purdue Board of Trustees.

"We were fortunate to meet with many talented coaches from around the country during our search, and Jeff's name was one that rose to the top early in the process," Bobinski said in a statement. "He is a coach who already has achieved tremendous success and, at the same time, has incredible upside."

Brohm will replace Darrell Hazell, who was fired in October after four seasons in West Lafayette where he compiled a 9-39 record as head coach.