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Report: Brooks offered Kentucky job

Posted: Saturday December 28, 2002 11:46 AM
Updated: Saturday December 28, 2002 9:48 PM
  Doug Williams Doug Williams interviewed for the position but apparently did not take it. Stephen Dunn/Allsport

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Former NFL coach Rich Brooks was in Kentucky on Saturday night amid a report the Wildcats had asked him to become their football coach.

CBS Sports said Kentucky had picked Brooks, who guided the St. Louis Rams in 1995-96.

Reached at the couple's home in Oregon, his wife, Karen, told The Associated Press that he was in Kentucky, but would not say whether the job was his. A call to Brooks' cell phone was not immediately returned.

Kentucky media relations director Brooks Downing said Saturday night that he couldn't confirm or deny the CBS report. He also said he didn't know Brooks' whereabouts.

Downing added that athletic director Mitch Barnhart would make an announcement concerning the head coaching vacancy by Monday at the earliest.

Earlier in the day, Grambling State coach Doug Williams said Kentucky had offered the job to someone -- but not him.

Williams, a former Super Bowl MVP as quarterback of the Washington Redskins, was in the running for the job. He said Barnhart told him the school had chosen another person.

"They called me about 10 this morning and told me that had already offered the job to somebody. [Mitch Barnhart] wouldn't he elaborate on who it was," Williams said in a phone interview.

Brooks guided Oregon to its first Rose Bowl appearance in 37 years, when the Ducks lost to Penn State in 1995.

Brooks, Oregon's career victories leader with 91 in 18 seasons, moved to the NFL when was hired by the Rams in 1995. St. Louis went 13-19 in two years under Brooks, who was fired after the 1996 season.

From 1997-2000, Brooks was the defensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons.

Barnhart is seeking a successor to Guy Morris, who resigned Dec. 9 to become the coach at Baylor. Barnhart and Williams spoke on Christmas Day about the coaching vacancy.

Kentucky is the only Division I-A program currently without a coach. Barnhart said the day after Morriss resigned that he wanted to have a replacement named by Christmas.

Of the candidates so far who have confirmed contact from Kentucky, Williams is the only one who has not backed out.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Friday that former Georgia coach Jim Donnan turned down an offer from Kentucky. Donnan said he wouldn't comment on Kentucky's search because of a promise he made to Barnhart.

Mississippi coach David Cutcliffe told reporters after the Rebels' 27-23 Independence Bowl victory over Nebraska on Friday that he has no intention of leaving. Cutcliffe, once the focus of Barnhart's search, has been adamant this week that he will remain at Ole Miss.

Southern California offensive coordinator Norm Chow turned down an offer earlier this week.

Central Florida coach Mike Kruczek backed out of the search Thursday.

 
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