Indiana fires offensive coordinator Jeff Brohm

The Indiana Hoosiers fired offensive coordinator Jeff Brohm on Tuesday after a disappointing 5-7 season.

Coach Tom Allen told his players that Brohm, 49, was let go after informing them of the decision late Monday night.

“Jeff, I will always be grateful for everything you gave us this year,” Allen said in a statement. “We had an outstanding coaching staff and each person was a blessing to us on the field and off. One of the greatest things that Jeff will always have is the reputation he built on the field.

“He will always be a Hoosier and continue to carry the Hoosier pride with him wherever he goes, which is obviously wonderful for Jeff and his family. The Hoosier Football family is looking forward to the next chapter in their lives.”

The offensive coordinator position had long been considered Brohm’s with the receivers coach position vacant due to Brohm leaving to take the head coaching job at Purdue. In his previous head coaching stint at Western Kentucky, Brohm was known for his up-tempo offense that quickly circulated.

Before taking the Purdue head coaching job last year, Brohm was one of college football’s hottest names as the field general at Western Kentucky, leading the Hilltoppers to consecutive Conference USA titles and two appearance in a bowl game. He was named the C-USA Offensive Coordinator of the Year after guiding the Hilltoppers to a 13-0 record and a berth in the 2014 Bahamas Bowl.

Brohm, who won championships at Penn State and Louisville, compiled a 53-42 record and coached quarterbacks for four Heisman Trophy winners in Matt Millen, JaMarcus Russell, Carson Palmer and JaQuan Lewis.

The 48-year-old Allen, entering his first season as the head coach at Indiana, made several changes to his coaching staff and has made no secret of trying to make the Hoosiers a contender in the Big Ten.

“Jeff has been an integral part of our success at Indiana and leaves a legacy with our program,” Allen said. “He is a class act and person and I wish him nothing but the best. We have great respect for the job he did at Indiana.”

Allen has yet to name a replacement for Brohm, but offensive line coach, Barry Odom, who coached the offensive line last season, is one option.

Brohm becomes the second Hoosier coach to get fired during Allen’s tenure. Eric Bieniemy, the team’s former running backs coach, was the third coach to be fired this season.

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