Kentucky football commitments Will Fidler and Chris Cessna hear and read the speculation about Rich Brooks' future as UK's head football coach, but they insist the rumors have had no impact on their future plans.
"You hear the news or read the paper. It's all somebody else's opinion. I
think he will be there. If I didn't, I would not have committed. I like all
the coaches a lot," said Cessna, a tight end-linebacker from North Laurel.
"What is being talked about really doesn't come into play with me because I
don't let others influence me. I think he's a good coach and ought to be there.
"Even if I thought something might happen, I would try to keep a positive
attitude. But I feel pretty certain that is something I won't have to worry
about. I'm confident coach Brooks and his staff will be back."
Fidler is one of UK's top early recruits. The Henderson County quarterback
says he tries to ignore anything he hears or reads about Brooks' future.
"I expected this might be a down season. It's not like it is a big shock. I
was prepared for that," Fidler said. "I committed to the University of
Kentucky, not just Rich Brooks and his staff. Hopefully they will keep their
jobs because I want to play for them.
"They have a lot of young athletes this year. I know they can turn the program
around in the future and I want to be part of that."
Fidler says people want to talk to him about Kentucky football every day.
"Sometimes I hear those people that are not wanting to be negative with me
about Kentucky, but I can tell they are not high on Kentucky football right
now. I just try to block that out," Fidler said. "I think most of the recruits
they are recruiting now have sense to look past all problems and look into the
future and how things will be down the road. I see a lot of positives in the
future. It's hard to get over the initial emotions about a loss or the school
you want to go to getting beat. But I look at the good athletes and see the
potential of the players that I can play with the next few years."
Cessna had his season ended by knee surgery that will also force him to miss
basketball season. Perhaps that's why he's more understanding of the impact so
many injuries have had on the Wildcats this season.
"It is not coach Brooks' fault that he's had 18 or so players hurt. It's not
fair to blame that on the coach. It would be like blaming my coach because I
got hurt," Cessna said.
Fidler and Cessna both say they will do all they can to influence other
recruits to join them at Kentucky. In fact, Fidler says he soon may start
making recruiting calls.
"The coaches tell me they want me to help get other recruits. It takes that
from a leader to help put a good recruiting class together. Good receivers,
backs and linemen help make a quarterback's job a lot easier," Fidler said. "I
believe in the Kentucky program and I don't mind telling others that."
Cessna is the same way. "Anything I can do to help, I'll do. I like the
coaches. I want them to succeed, and I know they will," he said.
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