It's crunch time for Brian Brohm

It's crunch time for Louisville junior quarterback Brian Brohm. Facing a Monday deadline to make a decision about his future, Louisville fans are eagerly awaiting Brohm's decision. Will the Orange Bowl MVP return for one more season at U of L or by-pass his senior season for a shot at the NFL?

It's almost time for Brian Brohm to make a decision about his future. Certainly, it's a decision that holds huge implications for the Louisville football program and for the junior quarterback who led the Cardinals to an Orange Bowl win over Wake Forest Jan. 2.

Brohm has but two options, but his decision couldn't be more difficult. Should he declare early for the NFL Draft and a chance to become a first round pick or return to U of L for his senior season for one last opportunity to chase Heisman glory and a shot at the national title?

Sound like a tough decision?

If Brohm returns, he'll likely be a leading Heisman Trophy candidate and the Cardinals would likely enter the 2007 season ranked in the Top 10 nationally and a favorite to repeat as Big East champions.

If Brohm opts for the National Football League, he's considered a solid first round draft pick and would likely be the third quarterback chosen behind LSU's Jamarcus Russell and Notre Dame's Brady Quinn.

What will Brohm decide? Louisville fans will find out the answer to that question soon enough. The Orange Bowl Most Valuable Player must make a decision by Monday. So consider this extreme crunch time.

Will Brian Brohm return for one
more year?

There was speculation that Brohm might announce his decision at a halftime ceremony during Louisville's 78-63 win over Providence. Didn't happen.

Brohm took the microphone to thundering applause during the ceremony and had the perfect stage to announce his return. Nearly 20,000 screaming fans welcomed him and the Orange Bowl champions, but Brohm gave no hint about his pending decision.

"Tom Jurich met with us on Monday and got us a coach that is going to lead us to where we want to go and take us to new heights," Brohm told an enthusiastic crowd. "We've got the right man for the job. We have been to the Orange Bowl and we're going to try to get to the national championship."

Moments after Brohm's halftime statements to the crowd, where he also introduced new coach Steve Kragthorpe, his older brother, Jeff Brohm, was named Louisville's associate head coach and passing game coordinator. Will that move be enough to entice Brohm to return to Louisville next season?

"I would love to coach him again without question," Jeff Brohm said.

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