Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Meanwhile, in Kentucky ...

Coach Rich Brooks says he's 80% out the door, though AD Mitch Barnhart said Tuesday night he wants Brooks to stay. If Brooks does leave, Joker Phillips would take over as just the second black head coach in SEC history.

Here's a little background on Phillips, and here's SI's Pat Forde on how "this may be the winter when college football drags itself out of the plantation era and finally joins the 21st century."

And while Kentucky football will probably always be the red-headed stepchild to Wildcat basketball (sound familiar, ACC fans?), it's worth noting that the football program is on solid ground: 4 straight bowl games and, since 2006, wins over Georgia (twice), Arkansas (twice), LSU and Auburn. -- RTR