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Kentucky denies that Joker Phillips has resigned

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Following Thursday’s practice, Kentucky coach Joker Phillips said he expected quarterback Maxwell Smith to be able to go on Saturday against South Carolina.

There was some question today, albeit briefly, whether the same could be said for Phillips himself.

A report surfaced Friday afternoon claiming that Phillips had resigned. While the report itself ended up being bogus, it still gained enough attention that the school had to officially deny it.

Which is why we’re here right now.

UK athletics spokesman Tony Neely made it clear Friday afternoon that any reports of Phillips resigning were “absolutely false”, adding that the coach and athletic director Mitch Barnharthaven’t even seen each other in the last 24 hours.

All that said, the Wildcats are 1-3 on the season and Phillips doesn’t appear to have UK heading in the right direction, so any news of his “resignation” — or some variation of the term — could be merely be delayed by a few months.

(Hat tip: CatsIllustrated) 

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  1. southernpatriots says: Sep 28, 2012 11:09 PM

    It is obvious to all who live near UK or have family and/or friends who live there, that the Board and boosters have decided some years ago that they will emphasize the basketball program and the football program will be a poor second.

    There has been a change in the attitude of many who greatly support UK that they cannot experience continued embarrassments of losing to Western Kentucky. If these reports are true, and UK does not show a change in fortunes over the next few games, which is very doubtful, there will likely be a change of head coach at the end of this season, if not before.

    For a long time, most fans of the SEC have wanted to see a stronger Kentucky, along with a few other teams. That would help make a stronger SEC.

  2. clemsonstillsucks says: Sep 28, 2012 11:30 PM

    I would have to agree. Kentucky has proven themselves more than capable of competing, and succeeding, in the SEC in the past.

  3. southernpatriots says: Sep 28, 2012 11:59 PM

    The University of Kentucky has especially played my alma mater LSU some very close and competitive games over the years. I know alums and fans of other SEC teams can say the same thing. I want to see that again. I want UK to play OOC teams competitively and win their share.

  4. pricecube says: Sep 29, 2012 12:22 AM

    Joker beat Tennessee last year using WR Matt Roark at QB. He had an inferior team from the standpoint of athletic talent but won anyway, snapping a 26 yr win streak. I would have thought that would buy him some time. I guess losing to Western Kentucky negated any good will that win might have purchased.

    I think Joker and Dooley will both probably be gone after this year but there is a lot of football left to be played and anything could happen.

  5. cometkazie says: Sep 29, 2012 7:41 AM

    They can’t wait for basketball season to start here in the BlueGrass.

  6. imforbigblue says: Sep 29, 2012 8:21 AM

    Don’t kid yourself that win over Tennessee wasn’t all that great it was vs one of the worst Tennessee teams in the past 10 years. UK and joker are really bad UK needs to man up and spend some money on football and hire a real coach

  7. southernpatriots says: Sep 29, 2012 8:29 AM

    You are so right, ck. It seems football is an afterthought, but after Western K, the boosters and Board aren’t happy.

    I heard an interview with a surgeon who said he was ribbed so bad by his colleagues, he switched hospitals….ha. Donations to the school have decreased (that one will probably be the motivating factor! ha.).

    Even with a national championship B-ball team, there is still some disgrace in Lexington when the team loses to the in-state school in Bowling Green. Pride is hurt. Board and boosters all realize something needs to be done. I am skeptical they will do much, but do something to at least get back some in-state bragging rights back. I hope they do much more than that.

    Today, my hope is that LSU will work on its offense, bringing other receivers into the rotation. and giving Rivers and others many more snaps.

  8. weswelkerspornstash says: Sep 29, 2012 8:40 AM

    B asketball
    C oming
    S oon

  9. v2the4 says: Sep 29, 2012 11:05 AM

    Western Kentucky isnt as “soft” as everyone thinks they are. They played Alabama tough this year, even though they lost 35-0, the Tide struggled against them. Willie Taggert, the head coach of the Hilltoppers, had a 7-5 record last year and played a big non conference schedule, which included a tough game vs LSU, where the Tigers only led 14-9 before blowing the game open after the half.

    They lost to Kentucky in 2011 14-3, so the win vs UK wasnt a fluke like eveyone thinks……its the same reason why Ole Miss and Miss St will never play southern miss, but will gladly play Memphis and alcorn St without hesitation.

    as far as UK goes, they put the same dedication in their football program as Kansas, Duke, UConn, North Carolina or any other basketball power does….football is not the bell cow in the blue grass state and I think everyone knows that. Its only 13 days until “midnight madness” starts, and while UK will put 23k fans in rupp arena for practice, they can barely draw 35k fans to their 68k seat football stadium.

    Ive said it many times, and I will say it again…The SEC is top heavy in football and the bottom of the conference drags the rest of them down.

  10. houndofthebaskervols says: Sep 29, 2012 1:44 PM

    Sheesh, some of you guys….

    First of all, WKU has one of the worst football programs in Div 1. Bama rested all their players, and Saban was not going to run it up on a weak opponent.

    On the UK win over Tennessee all I can say is that the team was in meltdown mode at the time, there was a fistfight in the locker room after the game with DaRick Rogers, and Bray played with a broken thumb and the flu because the alternative was even worse.

    Dooley isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, but Joker can already start counting his buyout money cause he’s gone.

  11. v2the4 says: Sep 29, 2012 5:37 PM

    hound of baskervios……I saw the game with my own eyes…AJ McCarrain was in for the whole game, until the last series….bama only ran for 103 yards, and their big backs, Yeldon and Lacy only had 61 yds rushing….Bama hit some big plays down the field with their receivers, which accounted for their scores.

    While WKU may have one of the worst football programs in America, its curious as to why Alabama would play them? if wku is one of the worst teams in D1, then what about Kentucky?

    as far as tennessee goes, Dooley was in way over his head….he is 0-12 against ranked teams, and apart from the 6-3 loss to Alabama in 2009, they have been getting their clocked cleaned…..curiously, they are tied up at 30 all with UGA at halftime right now……

    man, I love college football.

  12. vincentbojackson says: Sep 29, 2012 8:19 PM

    The report was just Phillips having some fun with the media. His name’s “Joker” for cryin’ out loud.

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