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As the Bobby Petrino Era Ends, All Eyes Turn Toward Jeff Brohm to Be Louisville's Savior

As the Bobby Petrino Era Ends, All Eyes Turn Toward Jeff Brohm to Be Louisville's Savior
Published On: Sun, Nov 11
Nov 29, 2014; Louisville, KY, USA; Louisville Cardinals head coach Bobby Petrino watches from sideline during the second quarter against the Kentucky Wildcats at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. Louisville defeated Kentucky 44-40. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Louisvillea€™s misery is over. After another embarrassing blowout loss, this time 54a€“23 to Syracuse on Friday night, the school fired Bobby Petrino to end the abrasive coacha€™s second stint with the school that last almost five full seasons.A Yahoo SportsA first reported the news.A 

This decision was a long time coming. The Cardinals are now 2a€“8 in a season lowlighted by several lopsided outcomes: the 51a€“14 loss to Alabama to open the season, the 66a€“31 loss to Georgia Tech (also in primetime on a Friday), the 77a€“16 loss to Clemson just last week and the final straw in upstate New York. After a 61-point loss to the No. 2 team in the country, two Cardinals players elected to transfer and three recruits decommitted. Louisville will miss out on a bowl game for the first time since 2009 and is spiraling toward its worst record since 1997. Finally, new athletic director Vince Tyra has seen enough to swallow Petrinoa€™s reported $14 million buyout.

Now all eyes turn toward the nationa€™s most coveted candidate: Jeff Brohm, the Louisville native and former Cardinals star quarterback who is in his second year at Purdue after a sterling tenure at Western Kentucky. He led Purdue to the most shocking upset of the season when it beat Ohio State 49a€“20, and although a blowout loss to Minnesota tanked any fleeting hopes of a Big Ten West title, he has the Boilermakers playing high-scoring, chance-taking football that has put a recently dorman program on level pegging with conference powers. Is Brohm ready and willing to leave West Lafayette after two seasons? Even if he is, does he want this particular job in its current sorry state, or will he hold out for a more high-profile position?

Brohm has the leverage to be choosy. Why wouldna€™t he want to go back to his alma mater and help build the program up to the top of the ACC? He could recruit the type of playersa€”like breakout Purdue freshman Rondale Moore, who starred at Brohma€™s alma mater Trinity High School in Louisvillea€”and provide the stability the program needs to challenge Clemson for the Atlantic Division, compete for conference titles and make College Football Playoff runs.

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