A report of coaching rumors, player awards and transfer updates with the Western Kentucky football program

There's a lot going on with the Western Kentucky football program these days and not just because the Toppers are hosting Southern Mississippi on Saturday in the Conference-USA title game. There are coaching rumors, player awards and a look at potential future WKU quarterbacks in this notebook of items:

There's a lot of buzz around the Western Kentucky University football program.

But it's not just because the Toppers are 10-2, have one of the best offenses in the country and will host Southern Mississippi on Saturday in Bowling Green in the Confernece-USA title game.

Nope. There are plenty of other reasons.

The Toppers have a lot going on off the field with coaching rumors swirling, player awards being handed out and talk of who could be - or is - coming in to compete for the quarterback position next season.

Here's a recap of it all:

**WKU head coach Jeff Brohm's name continues to gain traction in regards to the vacancy at Virginia. Several sources have told WKU Insider that's a job that could potentially be "very intriguing" to Brohm.

But a source told WKU Insider again on Wednedsay that Brohm "has not and will not" speak to anyone until after the title game.

Several media outlets that cover the Cavaliers, including HooNation.com are reporting that Brohm is a serious candidate. Mike London resigned after six yeras as the Virginia coach on Sunday.

**Western Kentucky offensive coordinator Tyson Helton's name is a hot topic in Georgia.

Helton is rumored to be in line for the same position at Georgia where Kirby Smart is expected to be named the new head coach. A former assistant at UAB, Helton could be in like for the WKU job if Brohm leaves.

**WKU quarterback Brandon Doughty received a nice honor on Wednedsay when he was named a Manning Award finalist by the AllState Sugar Bowl. He's one of 12 finalists for the award and one of just four from non-Power 5 schools.

Doughty leads FBS this season in completion percentage (72.5) and touchdowns (42), while ranking fifth in passing yards (4,184) and third in points responsible for per game (21.8).

**Former Penn State and Louisville quarterback Tyler Ferguson is enrolled at Western and will be eligible to play next season. Ferguson, who was headed to Western before Bobby Petrino left two years ago, has been taking online classes since September.

Ferguson is from Bakersfield, Calif., and played his freshmen season at the College of the Sequoias. He was then at Penn State where he completed 10 of 15 passes for 155 yards in five games. He left and sat out the 2014 season at Louisville. He was in a five-way battle for the quarterback position this season at U of L but left in the middle of fall camp.

**Another former Louisville quarterback - Will Gardner - has left the program and there is some talk he may also look to Western Kentucky. Gardner has not talked with the media but according to several sources the Toppers are one school on his list.


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