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Rich Brooks Talked to Paul Finebaum about UK Football’s Past and Future

Ed Greinke | AP

Ed Greinke | AP

Ed Greinke | AP

The last man to coach the Kentucky football program to a bowl win told Paul Finebaum that he was disappointed in the way the final two seasons have finished, but he believes Stoops has built a program that can turn the corner.  Brooks thought the Cats were destined to go bowling the past two years, but the second half of the season has not been on their side.

Brooks noticed some of the same problems that Matt brought up to Coach Stoops on KSR in the middle of their second half losing streak.  “This year (there were) some special teams breakdowns, a little bit of game management in one or two games, and the quarterback play just hasn’t been consistent,” Brooks said.

What made the difference for Brooks was being able to rely on playmakers, especially Andre Woodson at quarterback.  “In that league, particularly at the quarterback position, if your guys aren’t making some plays for you it’s going to be very difficult to win in the SEC.”

Even though it’s been frustrating, Brooks is confident the program is taking steps in the right direction.  They didn’t happen during his time, but the dreams of new facilities are finally coming to fruition and will make a difference.

“I think they’ve made the commitment that I was kind of told they were gonna make my last year or two,” he said.  “I think now it will be easier to climb that hill because as you know, the arms’ race is in full swing in the country, but REALLY in full swing in the SEC.”

The new practice facility might be one of the biggest improvements.  “I think it will definitely help to turn the corner and be a competitive team,” he said, while tempering some expectations.  “But I think you’ve seen that other than one or two teams in the SEC, nobody stays at the top level year after year after year.”

Coach Brooks believes that Stoops has built the program the right way, but agrees with the rest of the Big Blue Nation — next year the program needs to produce results.

“Certainly going into now his fourth year, now I think this next year is the year he needs to step up and get to that bowl game that has been eluding him the last two years.”

Listen to Coach Brooks’ complete interview here.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

7 Comments for Rich Brooks Talked to Paul Finebaum about UK Football’s Past and Future

  1. Wasn’t Joker the coach when we went to the last bowl (the Bham Bowl)?

    • cats42301
      11:27 pm December 10, 2015 Permalink

      Yes Joker was coach in the Birmingham Bowl. Who else would have played an ineffective Morgan Newton the whole game since Hartline was suspended. Somewhere Joker is still thinking that Newton was/is a great QB. The statement in the post says Brooks was the last person to coach UK to a bowl WIN, is that what you are referring to? I believe the last bowl win was against East Carolina in the Liberty Bowl if I am remembering correctly.

  2. Craig Sagers Suits
    10:24 pm December 10, 2015 Permalink

    Looks like Coach Brooks is on the “Bowl or Bust” bandwagon and we will welcome him.

    • UK Big Board Update
      7:02 am December 11, 2015 Permalink

      Stay negative, my friend…

  3. cats42301
    11:44 pm December 10, 2015 Permalink

    Had Barnhart not copied Florida St. and named Joker head coach in waiting UK football would be in a LOT better position than they are today!

  4. KTower
    1:54 pm December 12, 2015 Permalink

    This program is heading in the right direction according to Brooks. Unfortunately this program was a train wreck so Stoops and Company had nothing to work with on the field.

    Things are looking up!!

  5. Howdy Doody
    10:52 am December 13, 2015 Permalink

    “THIS is the year to buy season football tickets !!!”

    Huh, WHERE have we ALL heard this before ???