Kentucky's Rich Brooks is likely done coaching. After the Wildcats lost to Clemson, 21-13, in the Music City Bowl on Sunday night, Brooks told his players there is an "80% chance" he will not return as coach for the 2010 season. Of course, this being the SEC, you never know about such things, but Brooks, 68, seems to be more grounded than other coaches in the league, if you get our drift. ...
Brooks plans to take 4-5 days to think it over.
Players Randall Cobb, Zipp Duncan and Corey Peters give their reaction to Brooks' announcement.
Mike Hlas is an award-winning columnist with the Cedar Rapids Gazette and force behind The Hlog. Each week, he will break down the worst matchups in college football. Considering the increasing number of uncompetitive and uninteresting games, Mike's task is harder than getting Levi Johnston, Jon and Kate Gosselin, and anyone named Kardashian to just go away.
Here's how it is done in most major football conferences:
You play your nonconference games against designated victims in September, then you play your conference games after that. It's only logical. You wouldn't open a rock festival with U2, then bring out a bar band three-fourths of the way through the event.
The Southeastern Conference does things a little differently. Sure, the league has the marquee game of the week in Louisiana State at Alabama. But look at what else the conference is trotting out on the 10th Saturday of the season:
Tennessee Tech at Georgia
Furman at Auburn
Eastern Kentucky at Kentucky
Northern Arizona at Mississippi
That's right. Four — count 'em, four — games between SEC teams and Division I-AA teams. In November. That's just wrong. So each gets one quarter of this week’s Game of the Weak.
A look at Florida's Tim Tebow getting knocked out after being hit by Kentucky's Taylor Wyndham during Saturday's game in Lexington. Wyndham's hit sends Tebow crashing into left knee of tackle Marcus Gilbert, and the quarterback suffers a concussion. He was hospitalized overnight and released. Southeastern Conference officials have ruled that the hit was clean.
One always hates to see players get hurt, but with the Gators leading, 31-7, deep in the third quarter, you have to wonder why Tebow was in the game. It's even more curious when you consider Tebow was suffering from flu-like symptoms late in the week and flew to Lexington on a plane separate from the team.
Kentucky's Ventrell Jenkins, all 285 pounds of him, rumbles down the sideline with a game-winning fumble return in the Liberty Bowl. In the process, he rings the bell of East Carolina's Patrick Pinkney with a stiff arm that sends the quarterback's mouthpiece flying. Pirate defensive coordinator Greg Hudson says some "knowledgeable" people claim Jenkins' knee had touched the ground before his rumble with the fumble.