Virginia Tech coach Kenny Brooks addresses Kentucky rumor

The Hokies coach addresses a rumor about him interviewing for the open Kentucky job.
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The coaching carousel is about to begin for women’s basketball and there are rumors swirling around that Virginia Tech head coach Kenny Brooks might be part of it. Matt Jones of KyS Sports Radio reported on X that Kentucky had interviewed Brooks for their beach coaching vacancy. Thursday, Mitchell Northam of WUNC Radio reported that Brooks is the top target to fill the vacancy.

The Wildcats fired head coach Kyra Elzy after a 12-20 season and missed out on the NCAA Tournament for a second consecutive season. They appear to be trying to make a big splash in their next hire and going after Brooks would be making a splash. Friday morning, Brooks met with the media ahead of Virginia Tech’s NCAA Tournament opener on Friday against Marshall and he was asked about the report, something he claimed he had not heard.

""Right now there is a lot of speculation and talking and whatever. Obviously, if you have success people are interested, but again, my focus is what we're doing right now. My kids are the most important thing to me. I have not heard [about] that [tweet] or the radio host or whoever you're talking about, but right now I'm about to go to practice and we're going to go out here and Marshall is the only thing on my mind other than the Hokes.""

Kenny Brooks on Kentucky rumor

That’s not confirming the report and it certainly isn’t a denial either. Brooks has turned the Hokies into a contender for the National Championship during his tenure in Blacksburg with two of the best players in the country in Elizabeth Kitley and Georgia Amoore. Kitley will miss the NCAA Tournament with a torn ACL and Amoore is a senior who has one more of eligibility left but could also enter the WNBA Draft.

In all honesty, how else did you expect Brooks to answer the question? It had to be asked, but he is not going to tip his hand with respect to his current team. Whether or not he leaves Blacksburg remains to be seen, but where there’s smoke, there is fire.