Kentucky Coach Rich Brooks has been named to the "watch list" for the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award.
Brooks is one of six head coaches in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A) that are on the watch list, which also features Jeff Tedford of California, Urban Meyer of Florida, Joe Tiller of Purdue, Jim Leavitt of South Florida, and Bret Bielema of Wisconsin.
Brooks has guided Kentucky to a 5-1 start, the team’s best opening in 23 years, including wins over Eastern Kentucky, Kent State, Louisville, Arkansas, and Florida Atlantic. The team has been ranked as high as No. 8 in The Associated Press poll, the team’s first top-10 ranking in 30 years.
Kentucky is currently ranked No. 17 by AP and the Wildcats play host to No. 1 LSU on Saturday.
The honor has been given annually since 1976 by the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation. It is in recognition of Dodd, who had a 165-64-8 record during 22 seasons as head coach at Georgia Tech.
The award is for more than coaching victories, however. It also is “in recognition of a higher and more noble aspect of college coaching … a style that emphasizes something more than winning the game … a belief that the game of football should be kept in perspective with college life in general.”