Brooks: 80% sure he's not returning

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Kentucky coach Rich Brooks told his
Wildcats that he's probably not returning next season after a 21-13
loss to Clemson on Sunday night in the Music City Bowl.
Brooks said at the postgame news conference that he's "80
percent" sure he's not coming back. He plans to think about his
next move, talk with his family and make a final decision within
the week.
The 68-year-old coach finished his seventh season at Kentucky
with a 7-6 record and 39-47 overall mark with the Wildcats. If it
was his final game, his career coaching record in college will be
130-156-4 in 25 seasons, including 18 at Oregon.
Last January, Kentucky announced that offensive coordinator
Joker Phillips will take over as head coach when Brooks steps down.
"I think it may be time for a change and time for Joker to take
over," Brooks said. "Not totally sure. I just felt like maybe
it's time."
Brooks said he had been thinking about calling it a career over
the past week, but stayed busy with preparations for the bowl game.
Kentucky made school history by reaching a fourth straight bowl
game, but snapped a three-game winning streak with the loss.

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