With the news becoming official on Monday that Jeff Brohm was leaving his job as head coach at Western Kentucky University to accept the same position at Purdue, the WKU program is once again looking for a new head coach.
WKU athletic director Todd Stewart will meet with the media this afternoon, but WKU Insider expects the national search for a new head coach to have already started. It shouldn't take Stewart too long to land a replacement.
Defensive coordinator and associate head coach Nick Holt will serve as the interim coach for the Toppers.
As is always the case, this will be a fluid Hot Board that we will update as names appear and disappear from sources.
Start at the top
Nick Holt - The associated head coach and defensive coordinator at WKU under Brohm will be the interim coach for the Toppers in the Boca Raton Bowl on Dec. 20. Holt has a lot of support with some of the bigger donors in Bowling Green and will certainly get a look. He could really help himself by keeping the team focused and winning the bowl game. He was a head coach at Idaho.
Tony Levine - The former head coach at Houston spent this season on Brohm's staff as the co-offensive coordinator and special teams coordinator. He was 21-17 during his tenure at Houston and has also coached at Louisville and with the Carolina Panthers.
The rest of the list
Jason Michael - The quarterbacks coach with the Tennessee Titans is in his 11th year in the NFL and is likely the top candidate from those not on staff. The former WKU quarterback would be a hit with the fans because of his ties to the program. Michael quarterbacked WKU to the 2002 NCAA I-AA championship. He is a native of Louisa, Ky.
Tyson Helton - The former Western Kentucky offensive coordinator under Brohm spent this past season at USC as the offensive coordinator.
Matt Luke - The current co-offensive coordinator at Mississippi is in his fifth season in that spot and also as the offensive line coach. He is a former assistant at Murray State and has been at Ole Miss for nine seasons.
Ed Warinner - The current offensive coordinator at Ohio State University is a hot name in the coaching circles and might be ready to take on a head coaching position. Warinner has coached at eight different schools: Akron, Michigan State, Army, Air Force, Kansas, Illinois, Notre Dame and now Ohio State. In addition to his 11 years in coordinator positions, he has spent 19 of the past 24 seasons coaching the offensive line.
Lincoln Riley - He's on virtually every list for an opening. The current offensive coordinator at Oklahoma is only 33 years old and one of the hottest names in the college football ranks.
A few of long shots
Paul Petrino - The brother of former WKU coach and current Louisville boss Bobby Petrino has turned things around in Idaho. I think he'd want the position but would think the Toppers look elsewhere.
Joker Phillips - Have head the former Kentucky coach wants his name in the mix, but think he's a long shot. Phillips is on the staff this season at Ohio State after spending one season with the Cleveland Browns.
Neal Brown - Heard his name mentioned but I would think he's a long shot. The former offensive coordinator at Kentucky is the head coach at Troy. He is a Kentucky guy but would think he's a long shot.