Brooks Agrees To Contract Extension With Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky coach Rich Brooks has agreed to a
contract extension, but the terms will not be released until January, football spokesman Tony Neely said Friday night.

Brooks has had multiple discussions with Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart about a new deal, but the two finally came to terms Friday afternoon, Neely said during halftime of Kentucky's basketball game against UMass. He declined to disclose the salary or length of the contract.

The Wildcats face Clemson in the Dec. 29 Music City Bowl, their first postseason appearance since 1999. The team went 7-5 this year, including a victory over defending Southeastern Conference champion Georgia that sent fans heading onto the Commonwealth Stadium field to bring down a goal post.

Prior to the season, Brooks joked about being on the coaching hot seat - telling reporters at the annual media day that some of them were probably surprised he was back.

In Brooks' previous three years at Kentucky, the team never had a winning season, compiling a 9-25 record. But a potent offense, led by second-team all-SEC quarterback Andre Woodson, improved the team's fortunes this year.

Brooks, a former NFL coach, is best known for leading Oregon from 1977-94 - including the Ducks' first back-to-back winning seasons in 16 years and first bowl berth in 26 years.

He was not available Friday night for comment.

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