Joker Phillips releases statement on Coach Rich Brooks stepping down

University of Kentucky football coach Rich Brooks has decided to step down after seven seasons with the Cats.

He made the announcement during a news conference Monday morning at Commonwealth Stadium.

UK Head Coach of the Offense Joker Phillips will take over head coaching duties. He agreed to become Brooks' eventual successor two years ago.

Phillips released this statement Monday night.

"Coach Brooks has done an unbelievable job in getting the program competitive in the Southeastern Conference. The thing I like about him is that he stayed the course and stuck to his plan, when many doubted that the program was headed in the right direction.
As a Kentuckian, and a former player, I'm very proud of what he's done for Kentucky football."

Brooks led UK to a 7-6 record this past season, which ended with a loss to Clemson in the Music City Bowl.

He had a 39-47 record in seven seasons, and led the team to four consecutive bowl appearances, winning the first three. It's the first time in the program's history that has happened.

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