Joker Phillips used to run. It wasnt until he walked that he saw things as they really were.
We once spoke about the strolls that he took around Lexington with his wife Leslie. When he ran, there were things he rarely noticed houses, trees things that came into focus on those walks.
It was on one of those walks that Phillips got the call that he would be replacing Rich Brooks as Kentuckys coach. But what started with an energy and a vision for taking the Wildcats from the foundation that Brooks built and turning it into a program that could rival the monolith of a basketball team he shared a campus with is over.
Phillips, 49, has been fired, athletic director Mitch Barnhart announced in an open letter on the departments website.
A former Kentucky wide receiver, Phillips took over after Brooks left in 2010 and in his first season took the Wildcats to the Compass Bowl after going 6-7 and 2-6 in the SEC. It would be Kentuckys only postseason appearance under Phillips as they wen...