Team preview: Kentucky
Blue Ribbon Illustrated previews the 2004-05 college football season, exclusively on Insider.
An explanation: During Brooks' first tenure as a college coach with the post-Dan Fouts Oregon Ducks, he withstood back-to-back 2-9 seasons before breaking .500 at 6-5 in ... 1979.
The Ducks' first bowl bid in 26 years wouldn't come until, yep, 1989, when Brooks pieced together an 8-4 season and a trip to the Independence Bowl.
So, what consolation can be dredged from this nostalgic wax for UK backers? Brooks believes the infrastructure for a turnaround from last season's 4-8 finish in Lexington is far more advanced than what he had in Eugene.