Rich Brooks says Middle Tennessee State is the latest team stealing Kentucky's signals, a trick the Blue Raiders likely learned last season from Tennessee.
The Wildcats held off the Blue Raiders, 20-14, last Saturday, despite a coaching blunder by Brooks that nearly allowed Middle Tennessee to win the game. But Brooks said his (foolish) decision to attempt a field goal with 20 seconds left (it was blocked, setting up a Hail Mary by the Blue Raiders) had nothing to do with the game being close. Instead, it had to do the stealing of signals.
"They were either getting them from the field or the press box," Brooks said. "They might have gotten some help from Tennessee. Tennessee had them last year."
Tennessee defeated Kentucky, 52-50, in four overtimes last Nov. 24. During that game, towels were placed around members of the Kentucky staff in order to cover up signals.
Middle Tennessee coach Rick Stockstill says his team is innocent.
"We didn't steal his signals. We didn't even try," he said. "They won the game. They beat us, fair and square. We didn’t steal any signals and didn’t try to steal any signals. I wish we could've stolen a signal. Maybe we could've been able to beat them, but no, we didn’t."
He added: "We didn’t call Tennessee and talk to them, and [Kentucky] changed so much from last year to this year that we didn’t call Tennessee and ask them for any advice on what they were doing."
Is Brooks paranoid? Perhaps. If he is, there's an easy solution to this. Use the offseason to change your signals.
Thanks to Scott.
Here is video of the Kentucky bench trying to conceal signals. Thanks to Drew.
You might recall the story posted last summer of Northwestern stealing Michigan signals. It's worth a click.