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Rich Brooks dines with Mike Bellotti

Last night, Papa Brooks got the UK coaching rumor mill churning by tweeting out that he and Karen dined with Mike Bellotti and his wife:

Bellotti was the offensive coordinator under Brooks at Oregon, and once Brooks left for the NFL, Bellotti was named head coach. Bellotti was the Ducks’ head coach from 1995-2008 with a 116-65 record, including 12 bowl games. In 2009, Bellotti took the job as Oregon’s AD before switching things up and becoming an analyst at ESPN. Bellotti’s name has been tossed around during the coaching search, appearing on most versions of Mitch’s alleged “list.” Bellotti is currently 61, the same age as Brooks was when he took the job.

Was it just a friendly dinner between old pals or is Papa Brooks reaching out on behalf of the BBN?

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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30 Comments for Rich Brooks dines with Mike Bellotti



  1. James
    10:33 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    Quit spreading rumors



  2. oregonnative
    10:35 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    Watched Bellotti when living in Oregon. Great playbook with some fun offensive stacks. He’s my favorite candidate for the job. Hope Rich told him good things bout the bluegrass



  3. SteveM
    10:39 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    With Barnhart’s cluster f&*k of this hiring, anything is possible.



  4. RichBrooksTomatoGarden
    10:42 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    Nothing to see here, folks.



  5. Honky Kong
    10:44 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    Not another Papaw, please.



  6. Rixter
    10:45 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    Breaking News: Mitch Barnhart had dinner last night with his nephew Harold. I think he’s about to announce Harold Barnhart as the new UK coach.



  7. Rixter
    10:46 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    TT, you’re off to a rip-roaring start.
    Who is Rich’s pool cleaner? There could be something to that rumor, as well.



  8. Mikey1286
    10:48 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    This probably means nothing. But compared to a few of the other names in the rumor mill, I think Bellotti would be a pretty good hire.



  9. trueblue
    10:52 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    off topic: seen peyton siva at the gambling boat last night.. (approximately 12 am-1am) nothing really just think not a good look for the number #2 team in the nation vying for a national championship… thoughts??



  10. dave
    10:52 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    oh, a former oregon HC who is in his sixties….



  11. tom
    10:55 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    A proven winner with solid head coaching experience. We could do A LOT worse. Most UK fans would dance a jig for a 116-65 record over 15 seasons.



  12. SteveM
    10:58 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    Who cares who Brooks had dinner with? The food at the nursing home probably isn’t very good anyway.



  13. GregJ
    11:01 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    I can’t believe all the Rich Brooks haters around here. At one point we were in the top 10 under Brooks, if you think Kentucky football will get any better than that you’re delusional.



  14. SoCal Will
    11:12 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    No doubt Rich has been pushing for Mike but Rich already chose Joker. Rich also chose Eugene over Lexington so he doesn’t have to live with the fallout. Mike was a very good coach and put together an incredible staff. Coaches like to work for him. Does he still have fire in his belly since Oregon made him wealthy? Arizona State and UCLA didn’t think so last year. This is one of those evaluations where we have to trust Mitch to be right.



  15. SEC MANIAC
    11:14 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    6-7 – Rixter – If you are the one with the crystal ball, whose the next coach going to be??? IF he is a candidate as some have said, it’s definitely within reason that he would go out to eat and discuss. By the way, if Rich Brooks’s pool cleaner is Butch Jones and the two of them are talking than I think its relevant. If its your brother, than its probably not.



  16. SEC MANIAC
    11:15 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    I would bring Rich Brooks at 71 if he would take the job again.



  17. golly
    11:25 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    Slow news day. Stalking Rich Brooks’ tweets.



  18. Cayuts8
    11:29 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    mike billotti is an excellent choice. his team with Dennis Dixon almost won a national championship and were very fun to watch. he handpicked oregons current coach, kELLY,



  19. steve
    11:42 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!



  20. catlogic15
    11:43 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    I assume this dinner was at Golden Corral or Blue Boar.



  21. Assman
    11:43 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    What a great idea, Belotti as the next AD!! Maybe he would make the right hire.



  22. rich brooks' tomato
    12:02 pm November 16, 2012 Permalink

    You actually think the same Rich Brooks that said Mitch needs to “get into the 21st century” is going to tell Mike Bellotti that he should come to UK? If anything he’s probably warning him about the promises Mitch will break while trying to lure him to UK.



  23. Assman
    12:11 pm November 16, 2012 Permalink

    Maybe Mitch needs a father figure. How about bringing Bobby Bowden out of retirement?



  24. best1978
    12:25 pm November 16, 2012 Permalink

    Rich is probably telling him “don’t do it”.



  25. Slappy
    12:28 pm November 16, 2012 Permalink

    18. If Dennis Dixon doesn’t go down with a knee injury that season, Oregon is playing the NC that year



  26. davefromdagap
    12:37 pm November 16, 2012 Permalink

    Bobby Bowden? Geez.



  27. WestWorld
    12:47 pm November 16, 2012 Permalink

    Why would Rich do that to an old friend?



  28. sources
    1:51 pm November 16, 2012 Permalink

    Kentucky: Sources tell that Mitch Barnhardt does indeed have interest in Cincinnati head coach Butch Jones.



  29. Korean Tacos
    2:03 pm November 16, 2012 Permalink

    Good thing about Mike Bellotti is his players never had any off field issues…oh, wait.



  30. BBB
    7:55 pm November 16, 2012 Permalink

    21) Right on Bro. Mike Belotti as the new AD. Heck, Popeye the sailor man as the next AD. We have a chance to hire Petrino who would allow us to dream a step above middle of the pack SEC…..Attracting players who would never normally give us a look. But why would we want that? Aren’t we all happy in the middle of the pack SEC?(or below)…. You guys can’t fool me. When Petrino’s name came out, the message boards were boiling… actually above basketball intensity. Everyone is talking about this in my barber shop. The Barber Shop Pole (Poll) says hire Petrino…and the Barber Shop Pole(poll) is never wrong! The time has come (and maybe gone) for KSR to join Joe B. and publicly endorse Petrino for coach.