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COACH AND PROGRAM
In November of 2005, The Sporting News published a pithy table of coaches riding the hottest seats. At that juncture, Rich Brooks was 8-22 at Kentucky, with two SEC victories in almost three full seasons.
Summarizing Brooks' fate for 2006, the article bluntly stated, "Fired and retired."
Revenge is best served cold, but it is also best
served in a bowl. Not only did Brooks survive for a fourth season in the Bluegrass, but he unleashed a rollicking offense that anchored the Wildcats' best season in 22 years.
For the first time since 1984, UK won eight games in a season and a bowl game to boot, icing Clemson 28-20 in the Music City Bowl.