Jeff Brohm's HS Alma Mater Threatened, Cancels Classes After HC Stays at Purdue

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistNovember 29, 2018

FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2018, file photo, Purdue coach Jeff Brohm watches his team play Indiana during an NCAA college football game in Bloomington, Ind. One day after reportedly meeting with Louisville officials in central Indiana, Brohm informed Boilermakers athletic director Mike Bobinski he was turning down the Cardinals job so he could stay in West Lafayette. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)
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Trinity High School in Louisville announced Wednesday that classes have been canceled Thursday as a result of someone issuing a threat on Twitter against the school after Jeff Brohm announced he would remain at Purdue.

Trinity is Brohm's high school alma mater, and his father, Oscar, is an assistant coach for the school's football team, according to ESPN.com's Tom VanHaaren.

"We take these threats seriously, especially towards a school," St. Matthews police chief Barry Wilkerson told VanHaaren. "We're going to investigate as much as we can at this point. It's difficult when you have Twitter accounts to trace back, so it's a little more complex than pushing a button and figuring out who it is. We'll investigate it fully and bring charges if necessary."

Brohm was considered a front-runner for the Louisville head coaching vacancy after the school fired Bobby Petrino earlier this month. The 47-year-old is a Louisville native who played quarterback for the Cardinals from 1989 to 1993 and went on to serve as an offensive assistant at the school from 2003 to 2008.

"This has been a very difficult and emotional decision for me and my family. We are extremely happy at Purdue and thankful for the opportunity to lead this program," Brohm said in a statement Wednesday.

"After intense and thorough discussion, I believe it is important to finish the building process we have begun and honor the commitment I made to our football program, players, and recruits. While going home was very appealing and meaningful to me, the timing was not ideal. I believe that remaining at Purdue is the right thing to do, and I am excited for the challenges ahead."

ESPN's Chris Low reported Purdue gave Brohm a new contract that will pay him more than $5 million a year. The Boilermakers are 13-12 under Brohm. He was previously 30-10 in three seasons at Western Kentucky.