If you are a member of the media and want to ask Rich Brooks about retirement, be the to delve into the subject because, apparently, you don’t want to be charged with the follow-up question.
The 68-year-old Kentucky coach was asked Monday whether Saturday would be his final home game as the Wildcats’ head coach.
“As far as whether I’m coming back next year, I’m like that old Energizer bunny; I might need some batteries recharged, but we’ll talk about that at the appropriate time,” Brooks said according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.
A follow-up question on the same subject, though, pushed Brooks over the edge. (Cranky because he hadn’t had a nap yet?)
“You know what? I’m not going to answer anything about that anymore,” Brooks said. “I’m going to talk about Tennessee. None of that junk. This is not the appropriate forum. We have a huge game with a lot at stake, and we’ll address those issues at the appropriate time.”
Brooks has three years remaining on his contract and, according to the coach, the deal calls for a review in December. Until then, Brooks doesn’t want this week to be about anything but the game with Tennessee this Saturday — a fact he made perfectly clear as he ended the press conference.
“One of the things that bothers me and has bothered me this year are distractions that take away from what we’re looking at,” he said. “I can go back no further than the Mississippi State game and the ‘Blackout’ game, which I knew nothing about.
“I don’t want any distractions on us this week about, ‘OK, is coach coming back? Is he not coming back? I have three years remaining on my contract and there’s a clause in that contract that says in December they’re supposed to tell me what they want to do moving forward, so we’ll wait for all those things to happen. But I don’t want this week to be about, ‘What’s he doing?’ I want it about TENNESSEE!”