Why Kentucky Coach Rich Brooks Made an Example of Curtis Pulley

Nathan TowlesCorrespondent IAugust 5, 2008

UK coach Rich Brooks gave Curtis Pulley many chances for his mistakes.  He gave him every opportunity to gain back his coaches' and fellow players' respect.

The chances are up, and the door is closed.

Junior QB Curtis Pulley was dismissed from the team on Tuesday.

Offensive coordinator—and future head coach of Kentucky—Joker Phillips was quoted as saying, "He is a great player, we just never saw it here at Kentucky."

Curtis Pulley was a young college student who made mistakes but could never seem to find the path.  He had plenty of time to make the path but never could.

Now it seems that sophomore Mike Hartline will be the starting quarterback.  Will Fidler will also compete for the job.  It is almost certain that Hartline will win it.

You've got to give it to the coach for sticking to his guns and not looking the other way.  I'm sure it was a hard choice to make for him.  It would be for us all.  It shows that he isn't just all talk and no show.

Brooks is showing that no matter how much talent you have, if you don't follow his rules, then you are not on his team.

He may be 67 and want to win more games, but he wants to do it the right way with the right players.  All that is left to say is...

Good job Coach Brooks.