The Joker Phillips saga with the Kentucky Wildcats ,ended ugly, and it appears the same is happening with the Florida Gators. After resigning from the school Wednesday, there’s now a report from Yahoo Sports that Phillips did so in light of a potential major recruiting violation.
Former University of Florida wide receivers coach Joker Phillips resigned this week after the NCAA received a photo of the coach sitting in a restaurant with a high school recruit during a mandated dead period in recruiting, multiple sources told Yahoo Sports.
Three sources told Yahoo Sports the photo was turned over to the NCAA by an individual with ties to the Miami Hurricanes athletics program. Should the NCAA determine Phillips improperly recruited during a mandated dead period, it could be considered a major NCAA violation.
“The NCAA does not comment on current, pending or potential investigations,” NCAA spokesperson Emily James said.
If it turns out that Phillips did in fact schedule the meeting, he’s going to find it hard to find work at a Division I football school for the next year or two.
During his time at UK, Phillips had just on reported secondary NCAA violation in which Phillips said he “accidentally texted a recruit.”