Jeff Brohm to remain at Louisville as assistant


Published: Sunday, January 14, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 14, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — At least one member of the Brohm family is staying at Louisville.

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Louisville junior quarterback Brian Brohm, the Orange Bowl football game most valuable player, introduced new Louisville head football coach Steve Kragthorpe at halftime of Louisville's basketball game Saturday.

The Associated Press

Jeff Brohm will remain on the Louisville staff as passing game coordinator under new head coach Steve Kragthorpe, though there's still no word on if he'll get a chance to continue coaching younger brother Brian.

Jeff Brohm turned down an offer to become Alabama's offensive coordinator to stay at his alma mater, and he's hopeful to have Brian stick around one more year. The junior quarterback must decide by Monday whether to return next fall or enter the NFL Draft.

For Jeff Brohm, who was the quarterbacks coach under former Louisville coach Bobby Petrino, the decision to stay wasn't difficult.

"In all reality, it basically came down to a simple question I asked myself, 'Do I want to help the University of Alabama win a national championship or do I want to help the University of Louisville win a national championship,"' Jeff Brohm said. "I felt the answer was easy and I chose Louisville."

Three other Petrino assistants will remain with the Cardinals. Mike Cassity will be the co-defensive coordinator, Greg Nord will be the tight ends coach and Reggie Johnson will coach the linebackers.

Keith Patterson (co-defensive coordinator), Mark Nelson (defensive line/special teams), and Charlie Stubbs (offensive coordinator) will also be on Kragthorpe's staff. All three served under Kragthorpe at Tulsa. Former Arizona State assistant Brent Myers will coordinate the running game and serve as offensive line coach. Kragthorpe said he expects to hire one more assistant by Monday.

Jeff Brohm, who starred at quarterback for Louisville from 1990-93, said he was surprised and flattered by the offer from Alabama coach Nick Saban to join his staff, but wasn't ready to leave his hometown.

"It was a great opportunity and it came on me fast," Jeff Brohm said. "I'm somebody who's not too concerned about working my way up the ladder real fast. I enjoy football, I enjoy being in this town and I enjoy helping kids get through the same process I went through."

Brian Brohm hasn't spoken to the media since leading Louisville to a 24-13 win over Wake Forest in the Orange Bowl. He introduced Kragthorpe to a packed Freedom Hall during halftime of the Louisville-Providence men's basketball game on Saturday, and appeared to get a little emotional as fans chanted "one more year."

Jeff Brohm, however, said he's still not sure which road his brother will choose and that Brian's future didn't play a major factor in his own decision to stay.

"I would love to coach him again without question," Jeff Brohm said. "(But) in the end I had to do, not necessarily exactly what's best for me but what I think is the right thing to do."

Kragthorpe, who was hired less than 48 hours after Petrino left to become the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons, said he's still running on adrenaline and will spend the next three weeks trying to play catch up in the recruiting process.

"This is going to be like a Six Flags ride, you better buckle up your seatbelt and hold onto the bar," he said.

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