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How good it is to be Rich Brooks. Dude is living the life and he deserves it.
Rich Brooks' Twitter feed is a catalog of an enviable retirement.
Love the final line. Rack.
If I have a quarter of the life that Rich Brooks leads in my retirement, I'll be doing well.
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CRB is one of 5 people I follow on Twitter.... But the only one I'm striving to be.
Dude is solid.
This post was edited by Kooky Kats 247 21 months ago
Dude brought it... Fought through UNNEEDED criticism. Built UK into a respectable winning program (and had us ranked for the first time in years). and still doesnt get the credit he deserves.
Coach deserves ALL of the accolades.
I think you're right. I loved seeing him rewarded with that string of bowl victories after taking so much heat with the probation-ridden teams. He's the poster boy for showing a little patience and letting guys do their job.
In retrospect, was the perfect hire for UK football at the time. Mitch needed a tough SOB that would and could cut through the noise, stay the course and get this thing turned around and that's exactly what CRB did.
One of my favorite people I've ever covered in sports. Really miss his pressers at Wildcat Den.
Awesome guy. Hell of a coach. The one thing I will say is I just wish he would have taken advantage of the improved play and turned it into improvement on the trail from 07 to 09. We would have been in a much better place last year for sure. Still one of the best coaches and guys out there.
I don't think, perhaps by his own fault, recruits understood how big time of a coach Brooks was. I mean the guy was f'n connected, was considered by his peers one of the best in the business, period. He just didn't have the media around him. But the guy was every bit as big time as Spurrier or Miles. Just never understood that.
Had he come to UK straight from Oregon, I think it may have been a different story. But there was this perception (a misguided one, at that) that he was some washed-up guy coming out of retirement after failing as an NFL head coach. He had tons of juice left in the tank.
I think alot of it was the staff he had asembled, maybe needed some guys that were more willing to get out there and sell (especially in Georgia and Florida).
Ate dinner with him about a month and a half ago in Lexington and talk to him about two weeks ago. He was truly a great person and a very hard nosed coach. Looking back on his time here, he took us from the ashes to a good team, very respectable.
I agree with all of these but his loyalty to his friends and those that worked under him (while admirable) almost doomed him and I can't help but feel hurt this program from taking the next step when it clearly had a lot of positive momentum.
Looks like he still does
In all honesty, I wish Brooks had stayed a few more years. Letting Joker slowly take over responsibilities, and teaching him more about the job. JMO.
Keep Calm & Stoops On..
Ideally, I would have liked to have seen Brooks stay one more year to get Joker another year under his belt.
Yeah, two or three woulda been better. Might of had a few more wins.. but do you think the recruiting would have improved or gotten worse?
Not Chris but I don't think unless staff changes were made, recruiting would have gotten much better. Facilities are one thing but you MUST have a staff that is dedicating to being out there and selling the program. Would have been good to have had Brooks this past year though... losing all the production and having a brand new coach to boot= recipe for disaster.
I don't think anytime was a good time for Brooks to leave and Joker to take over. Regardless there would have been some growing pains.
In my humble opinion, the coaches on Brooks' staff certainly weren't the recruiters that Joker has now.
On the other hand, I think they were better at coaching their respective positions.
I can definitely agree with that. It would have been quite awesome to have a staff that knew how to coach the position and were the best recruiters available. Haha.
I'm not sure thats still the case. Definitely better recruiters but I think we've got some good position coaches now too.
My personal theory on retirement is, "You can only find true happiness IN retirement, if you are self-satisfied with your performance that got you TO retirement".
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