When Rich Brooks took over the Kentucky Wildcats football program he found a program that was on NCAA probation, was not able to hand out a full compliment of scholarships and had to contend with a fan base that was doubtful that he could succeed at Kentucky.
After seven seasons at the helm of the Kentucky Wildcats Brooks leaves as the only Kentucky coach to lead the Wildcats to four consecutive bowl games.
Brooks leaves the Wildcats as the only Kentucky coach to lead the Wildcats to three consecutive bowl games.
Brooks leaves the program on a much firmer foundation than the program he found in shambles when he agreed to take on the rebuilding job that no other coach was will to take.
No matter what an individual feels about Brooks it is hard to deny that he deserves a lot of respect for what he has been able to accomplish at Kentucky. Brooks has succeeded where so many others have failed; and he has done things his way.
Brooks came to Kentucky with a track record of building programs and leaves with that track record fully intact.
What makes the accomplishments of Rich Brooks at Kentucky all the more remarkable is that he did it in the strong SEC. A league where you can recruit a top 25 class and have the 11th best class in the league.
Winning with an SEC schedule is no easy task. Should Alabama win the national title later this week Brooks would have played each of the past four national champions, included in those games is a win over LSU during their national title season.
Brooks leaves behind a good corp of skill players, and some guys at non-skill positions that could become forces in SEC play.
For those of us who did not follow Kentucky football during the Bear Bryant era the last four seasons have been the golden age of Kentucky football. Rich Brooks is the man primarily responsible.
Thanks for the memories, Rich. We didn't beat them all, but during your run we won at a higher rate than at any other time in my run as a Kentucky football fan; and for that I am grateful.
Rich has accomplished something all coaches want to be able to say they have accomplished when they depart. He has left the program in much better shape than it was when he arrived.
Brooks leaves program on solid foundation
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