Team preview: Kentucky

The Blue Ribbon College Football Yearbook previews the 2006 Kentucky Wildcats, exclusively on Insider.

Updated: July 31, 2006, 2:46 PM ET
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(All information as of July 1, 2006)

COACH AND PROGRAM

Early last November, with speculation running rampant that Kentucky coach Rich Brooks would be fired, athletic director Mitch Barnhart made a bold decision.

Barnhart could have taken the easy-out approach and cut loose Brooks, who to that point in his nearly three-year career had been able to muster only an 8-23 record, 3-18 in the Southeastern Conference. But Barnhart took the road far less traveled in today's quick-fix world of college athletics. With three games to go in the season, Barnhart announced Brooks would return in 2006, and without any conditions -- all of his assistants were welcome back, too.

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