Kentucky coach Rich Brooks announces retirement

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky coach Rich Brooks has announced that he is retiring after seven seasons coaching the Wildcats.

Brooks made the announcement on Monday. He will be replaced by offensive head coach Joker Phillips, who agreed to become Brooks' eventual successor two years ago.

Brooks finishes his career with a 39-47 record at Kentucky. He went 130-156-4 overall in 25 seasons overall at the collegiate level. Brooks posted a 13-19 record coaching the NFL's St. Louis Rams in the mid-1990s.

Brooks led Kentucky to four consecutive bowl appearances, winning the first three, for the first time in the program's history. Kentucky finished 7-6 this year, falling to Clemson in the Music City Bowl.

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