With the exodus of Mike Archer to North Carolina State as Defensive Coordinator and Mike Caragher to San Diego University as head coach, Brooks had two new hires to make and sources have it that he has accomplished that mission.
Every time the University of Kentucky is put in the position of having to make a hire Coach Brooks, with his vast football connections, delivers quite admirably to the team's benefit. He has accrued a record of making good hires that renders the program better off for having done such.
I'm told that one coach is David Lockwood, who comes from the University of Minnesota and the other is Larry Brinson, who comes from the University of Houston. Lockwood will coach the defensive backs and Brinson will coach the running backs. More on them at a later date.
I'm also told they are outstanding coaches in more ways than one. First, for what they bring to the table; and second, because of the fact they are both African-Americans.
Well writer, what is the significance of them being black that is so important?
I'm glad you asked! Every red-blooded American, if you are truthful to yourself, fully recognizes that we live in a color conscious society, and that's all right because there's nothing necessarily right are wrong about that. For anyone to say they don't see color, they are not being truthful and are over compensating in the direction that's favorable to the situation - because if they don't see color they don't see me.
One of the most recognizable political figures in the country today is Barack Obama, who is constantly being mentioned as a presidential candidate. For anyone to say they don't see the fact that he is black is being disingenuous. It's talked about everyday on national talk shows the fact that he's black. However, we would like to think his popularity is because he brings something to the table. And in my little small corner of the universe, I would like to think the reason I'm in a position of visibility is because I bring something to the table.
Well, what does all of this have to do with the hires that Brooks is making? Again, I'm glad you asked. Again, given his track record, they were hired because they were the best coaches for the positions that were open. Brooks is a crafty veteran of many coaching wars and recognizes the tough uphill climb in the SEC. By crossing into uncharted waters he might possibly gain an edge. For several years there was an unwritten custom to have two African-Americans on the staff. Then at UK Guy Morriss took that to another level and had three. Now Brooks has set a precedent in SEC coaching and likely in the country to have five black coaches on his staff.
It's very evident that he's bound and determined to take the Kentucky Wildcat football team to the next level in the SEC. I can't speak for Brooks and if this is speaking for him then he can smack me down. I'm a big boy-I can take it!
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