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Jeff Brohm is out the door and heading back home to Louisville. His 6 years at Purdue were a mixture of good times, bad times, developing stud NFL prospects, and some disappointment. He leaves the Boilermakers on the upswing, though, in a season where they won the Big Ten West, put up a fight against Michigan in the conference title game, and qualified for the Citrus Bowl where they’ll face LSU. Here are 5 possible replacements for Brohm in West Lafayette.


Kevin Sumlin, Houston Gamblers (USFL) Head Coach

The Boilermaker alumni Sumlin was once considered a top coach in America but a poor ending at Texas A&M and a torrid tenure at Arizona have dented that reputation. Still, having coached prominent QB’s such as Case Keenum and Heisman winner Johnny Manziel, Sumlin’s resume and past success may put him in contention for this job. Sumlin boasts an impressive overall FBS head coaching record of 95-63.

May 8, 2022; Birmingham, AL, USA; Houston Gamblers head coach Kevin Sumlin paces the sidelines during the second half against the New Orleans Breakers at Protective Stadium.

May 8, 2022; Birmingham, AL, USA; Houston Gamblers head coach Kevin Sumlin paces the sidelines during the second half against the New Orleans Breakers at Protective Stadium.

Troy Calhoun, Air Force Head Coach

Calhoun just finished his 16th regular season with the Falcons and earned a trip to the Armed Forces Bowl, his 12th bowl appearance. The thought of a triple option, service academy, coach going to Purdue might seem odd on the face but Calhoun has said before that he would be adaptable and change when needed. His resume includes stops as an assistant at Ohio, Wake Forest, and in the NFL with Houston and Denver. Calhoun may be a guy to watch in this search.

Nov 5, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA; Air Force Falcons head coach Troy Calhoun celebrates with the Commanders Classic trophy after a win against the Army Black Knights at Globe Life Field.

Nov 5, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA; Air Force Falcons head coach Troy Calhoun celebrates with the Commanders Classic trophy after a win against the Army Black Knights at Globe Life Field.

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Tyson Helton, Western Kentucky Head Coach

Tyson just finished his fourth regular season leading the Hilltoppers where he has a 31-21 career record and a bowl appearance every season. A former Brohm assistant who replaced him at WKU, he has mentored some high-flying offenses led by QB’s Bailey Zappe and Austin Reed. His work with QB’s could be his ticket to a P5 job.

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers head coach Tyson Helton looks on as Auburn Tigers take on Western Kentucky Hilltoppers at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. Auburn Tigers and Western Kentucky Hilltoppers are tied 17-17 at halftime.

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers head coach Tyson Helton looks on as Auburn Tigers take on Western Kentucky Hilltoppers at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. Auburn Tigers and Western Kentucky Hilltoppers are tied 17-17 at halftime.

Mike Denbrock, LSU Offensive Coordinator

Current LSU offensive coordinator Denbrock brings plenty of midwest and P5 experience with him. Stints at Notre Dame, Cincinnati, Stanford, and Washington make him a candidate for jobs that may open up. The longtime Brian Kelly and Luke Fickell assistant has been amongst the most consistent offensive minds in the game over the past decade. Purdue has a history of targeting offensive-minded coaches, could this be Denbrock’s first chance as a HC?

Cincinnati Bearcats offensive coordinator Mike Denbrock directs a drill during practice at the Higher Ground training facility in West Harrison, Ind., on Monday, Aug. 9, 2021. Cincinnati Bearcats Football Camp

Cincinnati Bearcats offensive coordinator Mike Denbrock directs a drill during practice at the Higher Ground training facility in West Harrison, Ind., on Monday, Aug. 9, 2021. Cincinnati Bearcats Football Camp

JaMarcus Shephard, Washington Associate HC, and Pass Game Coordinator

Former Purdue assistant Shephard was a part of Kalen DeBoer’s first staff at Washington and had a hand in their high-powered offense. Long stints at Western Kentucky under Taggart, Petrino, and Brohm before going to Washington State then Purdue make his resume impressive. Shepherd may be a guy the Boilermakers offer, especially after seeing the quick turnaround he was part of in Seattle this past year.

Purdue assistant coach JaMarcus Shephard holds a weighted ball during practice, Friday, Aug. 9, 2019 at Bimel Practice Complex in West Lafayette. Purdue Football Training Camp

Purdue assistant coach JaMarcus Shephard holds a weighted ball during practice, Friday, Aug. 9, 2019 at Bimel Practice Complex in West Lafayette. Purdue Football Training Camp