FOOTBALL: Ron Hudson resigns

Ron Hudson, University of Kentucky offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, announced Monday that he has resigned his position effective immediately.

"Because of the turmoil surrounding my future and the lack of production within the offense, I feel it would be in the best interest of the program that I relinquish my position at the University of Kentucky," Hudson said.

"This resignation will allow the players and everyone associated with the program to establish a renewed excitement for the 2005 football season.

"I want to thank Coach (Rich) Brooks and his staff for giving me the opportunity to be a part of a new beginning at Kentucky that is establishing a solid foundation for the future of a winning program. I want to thank the players for their efforts both on and off the field. The future of the Kentucky program with the players returning is very bright.

Hudson joined the UK staff in Jan. 2003 and has served as offensive coordinator and QB coach during the 2003-04 seasons.

"I have nothing but great respect and admiration for Ron Hudson as a coach and a person," Brooks said. "Although our offensive numbers were not what any of us expected, that doesn't diminish the fact that Ron Hudson is an outstanding football coach.

"I will miss him personally and wish him nothing but the best in his next coaching position. Ron's decision was an unselfish one and speaks to the type of person he is. This is not something I wanted, but after he explained to me his reasoning, I reluctantly agreed with his conclusion. It makes sense for him to spend this week getting his affairs in order to be able to begin the process of his relocation.

"We will name a successor at the appropriate time."

Brooks also said that wide receivers coach Joker Phillips and running backs coach Ron Caragher will coach the quarterbacks this week as the Wildcats prepare to play at Tennessee on Saturday. Brooks said that Phillips and offensive line coach Paul Dunn, with input from Brooks, will call the plays on Saturday.

Brooks will be available for comment following Monday's practice, which will be from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. in Commonwealth Stadium.

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