Multiple media outlets are reporting that WKU offensive coordinator Jeff Brohm has been chosen to lead the Hilltopper's football team following the departure this week of coach Bobby Petrino for Louisville.
Brohm's promotion is expected to be made public as early as Friday morning.
The 42-year-old Brohm will become head coach for the first time in his football career. Last season, as an assistant under Petrino, WKU set a school record with eight wins in a Football Bowl Subdivision season and offensive yards with 5,502.
Petrino said Thursday that he believes Brohm is ready to become a head coach. He added that grooming Brohm for the higher position was one of the main recruiting points used to get Brohm to come to WKU in the first place.
WKU athletic director Todd Stewart comments Thursday about Bobby Petrino's departure
Despite reports that WKU could be close to naming a new football coach, the school's athletic director is refusing to address such speculation.
In a phone conference with reporters Thursday afternoon, WKU's Todd Stewart said he wanted to focus on former coach Bobby Petrino, who was introduced as the new coach at the University of Louisville Thursday morning.
Stewart was asked if he tried to keep Petrino from leaving WKU after only one season.
"Certainly the Louisville job, with where their program is, with what they've achieved in recent years, and with them heading into the ACC--that's a big-time job. I don't think there's anything that we could have done here that we weren't already doing that would have persuaded him to turn that down and stay here," Stewart said.
Multiple media outlets have reported that Stewart has met with WKU offensive coordinator Jeff Brohm about the Hilltopper head coaching job.
WKU President Gary Ransdell told the Courier-Journal he considered Brohm the leading candidate for the job and planned to interview the former U of L quarterback Thursday.
Bobby Petrino has been introduced as the head coach of the Louisville Cardinals at a press conference Thursday morning. Moments before, WKU Athletic Director Todd Stewart released this statement:
“President Ramsey, Tom Jurich and the University of Louisville have made a tremendous hire, and I wish Bobby, Becky and the Petrino family much success and happiness in Louisville," said Stewart.
"Coach Petrino displayed a tireless work ethic throughout his 13 months as our head coach and was completely devoted to WKU football from the day he was hired. Our program benefited greatly from his presence, knowledge and leadership. He will do a terrific job leading the Louisville football program as they move into the Atlantic Coast Conference, and I am also confident he will take an already outstanding program to even loftier heights.”
WKU Athletic Director Todd Stewart has issued a statement regarding football coach Bobby Petrino's decision to leave the school for the University of Louisville head coaching position.
Petrino was officially introduced Thursday morning as the new Cardinals head coach, his second stint at U of L. Petrino led the Cardinals from 2003-2006 and gained a reputation as one of the nation's most creative offensive innovators.
Here is the statement released Thursday by WKU Athletic Director Todd Stewart:
Nacarius Fant has been named Kentucky’s Mr. Football by the state Associated Press.
Fant was a major part of Bowling Green’s recent undefeated season that culminated with the school’s third-straight Class 5A championship. The 5-foot-10 wideout caught 83 passes last season for nearly 1,700 yards and 24 touchdowns.
Fant was one of four finalists for the Mr. Football award, a list that also included John Hardin High School defensive lineman Matt Elam, Connor quarterback Drew Barker, and Scott County wide receiver Scott Daniel.
The Bowling Green senior will continue his football career in the fall at WKU.
Fant wasn’t the only Bowling Green Purple to win an AP award. His coach, Kevin Wallace, was named the state’s coach of the year.
University of Louisville football coach Charlie Strong has interviewed for the head coaching vacancy at Texas.
The Austin American-Statesmen confirms that Longhorns athletic director Steve Patterson interviewed Strong at an undisclosed location Tuesday. Strong has been rumored as a possible coaching candidate at Texas after the school announced Mack Brown would not return next season as head coach following 16 years in Austin.
Officials at the University of Louisville, however, say they never granted Texas permission to speak to Strong about their opening.
A Texas spokesman says their athletic director won’t release any names related to their search until a decision is made.
A basketball star from last season’s national champion Louisville Cardinals has been kicked out of school.
U of L head coach Rick Pitino announced Monday that junior power forward Chane Behanan has been dismissed from the program for an undisclosed violation of university policy. Pitino said he was told Sunday night that the university was dismissing Behanan.
While saying Behanan is a “terrific young man in many respects”, Pitino added that he and athletic director Tom Jurich “had gone to the mat” for Behanan following his recent month-long suspension from the team for undisclosed violations of rules.
Behanan was a Cincinnati native who played his senior year of high school at Bowling Green High. He averaged 10 points and 6 rebounds a game during Louisville’s 2013 national championship season.
The WKU men’s basketball team is looking for its third-straight win as the Hilltoppers prepare to take on Brescia of Owensboro.
WKU heads into Saturday night’s game at E.A Diddle with a 7-4 record following wins against Murray State and Southern Miss. The WKU-Brescia game begins at 7 pm and is being televised on the Hilltopper Sports Satellite Network.