What Rich Brooks DID to us…?

I have often thought about what Coach Brooks achieved at Oregon, but the real accomplishment is where he brought us from when he began.  But what about later?  What was left after he moved up to the NFL, and later to the SEC at Kentucky?

Coach Brooks turned Kentucky into a winner in the ruthless SEC and set a school record for bowl appearances, and when he left it appeared to be in good hands of a protégé he mentored.  Yet that coach was fired recently as the Wildcats could not tolerate any more losing under this coach.  What Coach Brooks achieved again from where he began was simply amazing at Kentucky.

At Oregon?  He left us with Mike Bellotti who was able to build upon the foundation Rich built, and we have flourished since.  We have to count our blessings at Oregon to have been left with a superb coach compared to what happened to Kentucky.  It goes to show how hard it is in succession, and maintaining success.  It also says so much about the fire and intensity of Coach Brooks to twice build winners from almost nothing.  Have a great retirement Coach…you deserve it!


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Charles Fischer

Charles Fischer

Charles Fischer has been an intense fan of the Ducks for thirty years and has written reports on football boards for over a dozen years. Known as “FishDuck” on those boards, he is acknowledged for providing intense detail in his scrimmage reports and in his Xs and Os play analyses. He and his wife Lois, a daughter, Christine, and their dog (Abbie) reside in Eugene, Oregon, where he has been a financial advisor for 30 years serving clients in seven different states. He does not profess to be a coach or analyst, but simply a “hack” that enjoys sharing what he has learned and invites others to correct or add to this body of Oregon Football! See More...

  • Thank you for this. My first season of Oregon Football, began with the first season of the Brooks regime. I have always thought highly of his coaching, leadership, and intensity. I believe his time at Kentucky only further accentuates his coaching abilities. It is disappointing that Joker Phillips could not fulfill the Mike Bellotti role for UK.
    UK has fallen back to the lower depths of the SEC in the three seasons since Coach Brooks retired.
    Rich Brooks was a much better coach than many realized. I am very thankful that Oregon choose him, and, that they stuck with him through thick and thin.

  • My roommate, fellow O-Lineman, and I walked into his office, unannounced, on his first day on campus. Before we could introduce ourselves, he told us our names and what position we played. I was impressed! He continued to impress :-) Cya @ the game Coach! Go Ducks!!!

  • FishStaff

    Gentlemen…I really appreciate your comments on behalf of Coach Brooks. Could you email me for another question? Thanks.