By BILLY RUTLEDGE
Western Kentucky football coach Jeff Brohm has left the Hilltoppers for the head coaching job at the University of Purdue, the school announced Monday.
Brohm, who was 30-10 in three seasons at the helm at WKU, is fresh off his second C-USA Championship title after the Hilltoppers defeated Louisiana Tech 58-44 on Saturday.
Director of Athletics Todd Stewart met with the media Monday afternoon to discuss the recent opening.
“I think, ultimately, he got an offer and an opportunity that he just felt for his family, he could not turn down,” Stewart said. “As the athletic director, I hate it to lose him as our head coach. As a friend, I hate it because I truly enjoyed working with him every step of the way, but I completely understand it. I respect it and I wish him all the best.”
Stewart is in a familiar position as he looks for a new football coach at WKU. The Hilltoppers will be searching for their fifth head coach since 2009, but the recent success of Stewart’s former hires — Willie Taggart (16-20), Bobby Petrino (8-4), and Brohm — have Hilltopper fans hopeful that a worthy replacement is on the way.
“Our program has climbed so high right now and is perceived so favorably nationally that we absolutely have to keep this going and I’m confident that we will. We will keep the train rolling,” Stewart said.
Associate head coach and defensive coordinator Nick Holt will serve as WKU’s interim-head coach moving forward. The Hilltoppers are set to face Memphis in the 2016 Boca Raton Bowl on December 20.
“I feel good about where we are as a program and the interest we will have and the current leadership we have. We will get through this fine and we will keep marching on,” Stewart said.
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