KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Kentucky ended the season with three straight losses and will stumble into posteason play with a 6-6 record.
Yet after his Wildcats were humbled 28-10 by Tennessee here Saturday, Kentucky coach Rich Brooks emphasized that this was not a lost season when he was asked if this could be termed a successful season.
"Let me tell you this. It's the second time in school history we have gone to three straight bowls," said Brooks. "The season was not a success. We should have won more games. But in the grand scheme of things, is this a successful season? Damn right it is."
Going to a third straight bowl gives UK an extra month of practice again as well as added national exposure. Still, Brooks said playing in a postseason game is what matters most.