Jeff Brohm being hired to replace Bobby Petrino at WKU

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It didn't take WKU long to settle on Bobby Petrino's replacement.

Jeff Brohm will succeed Bobby Petrino as the new head coach at Western Kentucky, a source tells SB Nation. The hire was first reported by Football Scoop. Brohm spent the 2013 season as the offensive coordinator and assistant head coach for the Hilltoppers.

Brohm quickly emerged as a leading candidate for the position after Petrino's departure, which should come as no surprise. Brohm had been unofficially promised the job when he arrived as offensive coordinator, which was meant as a contingency against Petrino leaving. That move was made to help create system consistency on offense and bridge recruiting. WKU didn't figure Petrino would be around long, and those suspicions were warranted.

WKU's offense ranked No. 29 in the country in yards per play during Brohm's first season as OC.

The former Louisville quarterback and NFL journeyman hasn't been a head coach before, but does have a lengthy history of working with offenses (often alongside Petrino). He got his start as start as the quarterbacks coach at Louisville in 2004, and moved up to assistant head coach in 2007. After stints at Florida Atlantic and Illinois, he earned his first offensive coordinator job at UAB in 2012.

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