Found November 06, 2012 on College Football Section:

It’s tough to win at Kentucky, a school that is more well-known for its basketball program, but Joker Phillips gave it his best shot. Unfortunately for Phillips, his two losing seasons compounded with a 1 – 9 record to start this season were just too much to overcome. Earlier today Kentucky announced that Phillips will not return next season although he will be allowed to coach the final two games. Where ever he ends up, Phillips is a class act. We, as coaches, are measured on results.  We didn’t get the results we had worked and hoped for, therefore change is needed.  In my current 10-year stay at Kentucky, we’ve had some memorable moments as an assistant, coordinator and head coach.  We’ve had the opportunity to coach some fine young men and I am grateful to have had the privilege of watching them grow as players, as students and as people. I am very appreciative of Mitch Barnhart and Rich Brooks for providing the opportunity to have been the head coach here.  Mitch is the best athletic director I’ve ever been associated with.  He’s fair and honest and he’s “all in” in terms of student-athletes’ well-being.  Rich is the best mentor a young coach could ever have.  I learned a lot from him in terms of plowing ahead.  They are dear friends.   Dr. Lee Todd and Dr. Eli Capilouto have both been very supportive.  I appreciate the Big Blue Nation and encourage the fans to stay behind their team going forward. I love our players and am proud to be associated with them.  I expect them to continue the behavior we have asked of them academically, socially and with football.  I’m thankful for the staff’s hard work, dedication, and what they have done in coaching and mentoring the players.  I’d like to thank my wife and family for all their support and for being behind me 100 percent. Joker will land a job as a coordinator or at a smaller program. Related Posts Kentucky Wildcat head coach Joker Phillips does a backflip Western Kentucky beats Kentucky on a trick play 2-point conversion in OT Feeling the heat from the seat after week 3

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