Team preview: Kentucky

Blue Ribbon Yearbook previews the 2005 college football season, exclusively on Insider.

Originally Published: July 31, 2005
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(All information as of July 1, 2005)

COACH AND PROGRAM

A fast-food mentality permeates the business of Division I-A football: "Yes, I'd like a No. 6 (wins) every year with a bowl of BCS and a large graduation rate. And I don't want to hear about your lack of scholarships, so make it snappy."

That's why, shy of two full seasons at the helm of the Wildcats, head coach Rich Brooks needed a dreaded "vote of confidence" from president Lee Todd and athletics director Mitch Barnhart last October to avoid being the latest limited-time offer at KFC -- Kentucky's Fired Coaches.

Never mind that Brooks inherited the probationary shackles, including scholarship limitations that are just now being lifted, inflicted on the program after Hal Mumme's shakedown ended in 2001.