So will the 68-year-old Brooks be back for an eighth season at Kentucky in 2010?
"As far as whether I am coming back next year, I am like that Energizer bunny and might need to get some batteries recharged, but we will talk about that at another time," said Brooks Monday. When asked to expand on his answer at his weekly press conference, Brooks had a more terse response.
"I am not going to answer anything about that any more. No charging the batteries. No coming back next year. No more of that junk. We have a huge game with Tennessee. We will address those issues at the appropriate time," Brooks said. Then after he had ended his press conference, Brooks chose to say more about the issue.
"Let me say one thing before I leave," the UK coach said. "One thing that bothers me is distractions that take away from what we are looking at and you can go back to Mississippi State and the blackout that I knew nothing about," Brooks said referring to the 31-24 loss to Mississippi State.
"I don't want any distractions on us this week on whether the coach is coming back or not coming back. I have three years left on my contact and there is a clause in December when they will tell me what they want to do moving forward.
"I do not want this week on what he is going to do. I want it on Tennessee."
Brooks is 39-45 at Kentucky, but he's enjoying a season that has seen UK win at Auburn and Georgia, both historic wins, and also win three straight Southeastern Conference road games. Yet Kentucky — with Brooks' approval and urging — has also named Joker Phillips head coach in waiting.
His players don't know what Brooks will do, either. However, they are aware Saturday could be his final game at Commonwealth Stadium.
"He doesn't have many years left. I know this is my last year with him," senior defensive tackle Corey Peters said. "If he does retire, I want to send him out on a high note.
"He got every emotional after our win at Georgia. He said it was probably the best win he has been around. That meant a lot to us and I can imagine what beating Tennessee for the first time since 1984 would mean to him and us. He was yelling and crying both after Georgia. It was pretty cool."
Safety Calvin Harrison says Brooks has shown no signs of slowing down.
"He never gets tired. He has more energy than anybody on the team," Harrison said. "If he's going to retire, he's not told us. We all would want him to come back, but that is his decision, not ours. But I know we would sure like to win Saturday for a lot of reasons and one would be to give him a win in case it would be his last game here."