Jeff Brohm leaving Purdue: Boilermakers' top candidates

Georgia offensive coordinator Todd Monken, 56, was a finalist for the Broyles Award (nation's top assistant coach). Icon Sportswire

Purdue knew this day likely would come.

Coach Jeff Brohm's connections to Louisville -- both with the city and the university -- simply were too strong to keep him with the Boilermakers forever. Although Purdue did an admirable job of supporting Brohm, both financially and with other program resources, it couldn't ultimately stop him from going home. Most coaches wouldn't think of leaving a Big Ten or SEC school for any other, but Brohm's situation is distinct. He could've earned more money by staying at Purdue. But he's from the first family of football in Louisville -- he, his father and a brother played quarterback there and another brother played wide receiver. Brohm later coached there. His parents, who live in Louisville, are getting older, and who knows if he'd get another chance to coach the Cardinals?

Scott Satterfield's departure Monday to Cincinnati opened the door for Brohm, 51, and this time he raced through it. He finished his Purdue career at 36-34 overall but 17-9 the past two seasons with the school's first Big Ten West Division title this year.

Purdue is a much better job than when Brohm arrived thanks in part to him, but also to the school's increased (and overdue) investments. The facilities and resources have improved dramatically in recent years, and Purdue maintains a willingness to keep upgrading things under athletic director Mike Bobinski. There are still challenges, though, as Purdue isn't located in a football-centric state and lacks the brand recognition of some of its Big Ten competitors. If the Big Ten dissolves divisions in 2024, as many expect, Purdue's schedule will become harder.

Still, the school is positioned well to find Brohm's replacement. Purdue likely will lean toward offense, given its history and how Brohm found success there. But the following list includes candidates with expertise on both sides of the ball.