Brooks hoping to take UK to next level

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HOOVER, Ala. (AP) - Kentucky's Rich Brooks figures it was
appropriate he was the last coach to speak at Southeastern
Conference media days in the first session.

He joked Wednesday that he is used to being picked to finish
last each year. That's hardly a lock these days for a team that has
won bowl games each of the past three seasons.

One reason for Brooks to be optimistic is that he expects
quarterback Mike Hartline to be much improved. He cites the
progress Andre' Woodson made before his junior season.

Brooks said there should be a stronger supporting cast for
Hartline as well after he worked with five freshman receivers last

He said the next step for the improved program is competing for
an SEC title.