Report: Louisville to hire Purdue’s Jeff Brohm as head coach Minnesota gives Fleck 1-year extension, plus raise Virginia players granted extra year of eligibility


LOUISVILLE, Kentucky – Louisville completes Purdue’s hiring deal Jeff Brom as the next head coach, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press.

The man spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement and announcement from the schools had not been finalized.

51-year-old Brom will replace Scott Satterfield, who abruptly left the Cardinals on Monday after four seasons to take over as Cincinnati coach. Louisville native and former Cardinal quarterback Brom is 66-44 in his lifetime and 36-34 at Purdue, leading him to the Big Ten Conference West title this season before the Boilermakers (8-5) lost to No. 2 Michigan in the conference championship. the game.

The Boilermakers head to the Citrus Bowl a season after winning the Music City Bowl.

Brom was immediately mentioned as a possible replacement after Satterfield’s stunning departure, just like in 2018 after the school was fired. Bobby Petrino after a 2-8 start and a possible 2-10 finish. At the time, Brom had only been with Purdue for two seasons and had abandoned his alma mater to continue developing the program.

But when the Louisville job is reopened, Brom agrees this time and returns home to take the Cardinals to the next level.

Louisville was 25-24 at Satterfield, including 7-5 this season with an expected appearance at the Fenway Bowl on Dec. 17. Coincidentally, the Cardinals will play Cincinnati, but without Satterfield on the touchline for his new team. Deion Branch, Louisville’s director of player development, will temporarily lead the team in the bowl game.

Brom passed for 5,451 yards and 38 touchdowns in Louisville while going 15–10 as a starter. He played eight seasons in the NFL and XFL before returning to coach quarterbacks with the Cardinals under Petrino and Steve Cragthorpeeventually becoming offensive coordinator.

Brom rejoined Petrino in Western Kentucky and succeeded him there after Petrino returned to Louisville in 2014 for a second term. His biggest coaching success came on Bowling Green with the Hilltoppers going 30–10 in 2014–16, winning three cups and finishing 24th in the final rankings in 2015.

MINNEAPOLIS – Minnesota football coach PJ Fleck On Wednesday, his contract was extended for another year with a $1 million annual salary increase after the latest round of big spending by Big Ten rivals.

The new seven-year deal will run through the 2029 season, the university announced without disclosing the terms. Fleck will now earn $6 million a year, a person familiar with the contract confirmed. The individual spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity as the deal has not yet been finalized.

Last week Nebraska hired Matt Rule and Wisconsin hired Luke Fickell to place them at the top level of the head coach award at the conference. In terms of average annual value, Fleck, 42, ranks eighth in the Big Ten behind Michigan. Mel TuckerOhio Ryan DayRule, Fickell, James Franklin of Penn State, Michigan Jim Harbaugh and Iowa Kirk Ferenc. All seven of these coaches earn $7 million or more per season.

The Gophers (8-4) will face Syracuse in the Pinstripe Bowl on December 29. They are 3–0 in games under Fleck, who was hired from Western Michigan in 2017.

This year, Minnesota finished second in the Big Ten Western Division behind Purdue. Fleck’s overall record with the Gophers is 43-27, including 26-26 in conference play. They are 0-6 against Iowa and 3-3 against Wisconsin, their main rivals.

In terms of winning percentage, Fleck ranks third in program history among coaches with 45 or more games, behind only Henry Williams (1900-21) and Bernie Bearman (1932-41).

“What PJ and his staff have accomplished in such a short amount of time is remarkable,” athletic director Mark Coyle said in a statement released by the university. “He hired and trained some of the finest student athletes to ever play in Minnesota, and his team continues to excel academically, athletically and socially.”

This marks the fifth time in six years that Fleck’s contract has been changed to keep up with the competition, as strength conference coaches rarely have contracts less than five years these days. Minnesota also extended his contract a year ago.

In this iteration of his contract, the termination fee that Fleck would have to pay to Minnesota if he switched to another program was increased. Those numbers were $7 million in 2023, $5 million in 2024, $4 million in 2025, and $3 million in 2026. Details about those numbers in the new deal were not immediately available.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia. The NCAA has granted an additional year of eligibility to Virginia players that expired after killing three team members, the school confirmed.

Lavel Davis Jr., D’Shawn Perry and Devin Chandler were killed last month as they were returning to campus from a tour of a play in Washington, DC. Former high school player Christopher Darnell Jones Jr faces three second-degree murder charges and other shooting charges. The fourth player Mike Hollinsand student Marley Morgan were wounded in the shootout.

Virginia canceled its last two games of the season after the shooting, and the team and the university community honored the victims with a nearly two-hour campus service. Team members also attended each of the three funerals of their teammates.