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Western Kentucky Promotes OC Jeff Brohm

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Brian Brohm, pictured as a Louisville assistant head coach, will lead Western Kentucky into Conference USA after taking over in place of Bobby Petrino. Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images.
Brian Brohm, pictured as a Louisville assistant head coach, will lead Western Kentucky into Conference USA after taking over in place of Bobby Petrino. Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images.

Western Kentucky elevated offensive coordinator Jeff Brohm to replace Bobby Petrino, who left after one season to return to Louisville.

Brohm seemed a likely candidate to return to the Cardinals as well, where he played quarterback in college, coached brother Brian Brohm and earned his first coordinator role in 2008. Instead, UAB head coach Garrick McGee left the Blazers to be Louisville's offensive coordinator and Brohm will get his first head coaching job, apparently with the backing of Petrino himself.

The move to promote Brohm reportedly was a contingency plan made months ago by the WKU athletic department, anticipating an early departure by Petrino.

“We want to make this a national program,” Brohm told reporters. “We want to make it high-profile. You do that by playing exciting football.”

He'll get a four-year contract worth about $600,000 annually, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported. The contract includes some sort of option through 2019, a $1.5-million buyout and a "no-compete" clause designed to prevent him from exiting for Louisville or Kentucky, the paper reported.

Western Kentucky (8-4) led the Sun Belt in yards per play (6.3), but did not earn a bowl invite with Brohm as offensive coordinator last season. The offense broke 18 school records, led by Doak Walker Award semifinalist Antonio Andrews, who produced more than 2,200 yards of total offense.

The Hilltoppers move to Conference USA in 2014 with non-conference games against Bowling Green, Illinois, Navy and Army.