Kentucky football coach Rich Brooks will be back next season to lead the Wildcats’ struggling program, the school’s athletics director said at a news conference today.In other news, FOX News was sued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Maybe that will teach them a lesson?
Athletic director Mitch Barnhart said he made the announcement because he was tired of watching players agonize over whether everything they did could cost Brooks his job.
Brooks, in the third year of a five-year contract as head coach, has an 8-23 record, including 3-18 in the Southeastern Conference. The Wildcats are 2-6 this season, 1-4 in the SEC with games remaining against Vanderbilt, Georgia and Tennessee.
The commission claims that a Fox vice president, Joe Chillemi, "routinely used gross obscenities and vulgarities when describing women or their body parts," language that it says Mr. Chillemi "did not use with male employees." The suit contends that Mr. Chillemi "routinely cursed at and otherwise denigrated women employees," telling them to "be a man."
The suit charges that Mr. Chillemi, in a discussion about a television segment focusing on sexism in the workplace, said, "Of course I'd pick the man" if he had to choose between a woman and a man for the same position, because he was concerned that a woman could become pregnant and leave her job. Mr. Chillemi is described in the suit as the supervisor of the Fox Advertising and Promotions Department.
The suit became public on the courthouse docket in the late afternoon.
The suit charges that Fox routinely relegated female employees to freelance work and less secure jobs. It says that Ms. Weiler was "constructively discharged" as a result of the network's practices. It was not clear whether Ms. Weiler was fired.