There are multiple reports out there today saying Ron Zook has been fired as the head man at Illinois. It would seem to me, that this is the perfect time to try and rebuild any bridges that were burned with the Brohm family during the Kragthorpe era. Besides being a Louisville football/ Trinity high school legend, Jeff is a good coach who had his career growth severely stunted by Kragthorpe. For those who don't remember, Nick Saben wanted him to be his offensive coordinator when Petrino left; but, with his brother coming back for his senior season he made the choice to stay on the Louisville staff and call the plays under Kragthorpe. Both of the Brohms decisions to stay at UofL proved to be costly in many ways.
Brian would have been, at the very least, a first round draft choice; and, Jeff was well on his way up the college football coaching ladder until the rung he was standing on snapped. He wasn't exactly fired, he was offered a "non-coaching role" with the program. An insult to say the least for someone who had been viewed as one of the brightest young offensive minds in the game before the Krag1N1 outbreak. He landed at Florida Atlantic with the pipe, and then made it back to a BCS school at Illinois under Ron Zook where he guided Nathan Scheelhasse to freshmen records in passing and rushing yards during the 2010 season.
The Offensive coordinator position has been in flux this season, and has many fans wondering who will fill that role in 2012. Watson has done well since taking over the play calling duties; points per game are up significantly over the last six games of the season under his guidance. Still, I think we can all agree that the play calling has left something to be desired in terms of aggressiveness and creativity. Brohm is a Bobby Petrino disciple, which for some would be all the credentials needed no matter what his name is. Even if Watson is promoted to Offensive Coordinator, there will be position open as the QBs coach.
Far be it from me to tell Tom Jurich or Charlie Strong what to do; but, this is the perfect opportunity to welcome the first family of Louisville Football back into the fold. The program is on the rise, and there is a budding young star under center. Tom,... Charlie,... it's time. There doesn't need to be a search, there doesn't need to be an application process, and there certainly doesn't need to be a reference check. Just pick up the phone, call this man, and bring him back to where he belongs.