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Joker Phillips abruptly steps down as Gators’ WRs coach

Joker Phillips

Well this is certainly an abrupt — and positively stunning — turn of events.

Much to the shock of pretty much everyone, Florida sent out a release Wednesday afternoon that Joker Phillips had, effective immediately, resigned as the Gators’ wide receivers coach.  Phillips will be replaced by graduate assistant and former UF quarterback Chris Leak.

Other than “personal reasons,” no motive for the creation of an unexpected hole in head coach Will Muschamp‘s coaching staff was given.  Pete Roussel of subsequently tweeted that “[p]er source, Joker Phillips worked the Florida camp today. This is unusual.”

“I appreciate Joker’s contributions to our program and wish him and his wife, Leslie, nothing but the best in the future,” Muschamp said in a statement.

One month after being fired as Kentucky’s head coach, Phillips came to the Gators for what turned out to be one season.

Phillips, whose main mark while at UF was as a recruiter and Twitter genius, would’ve been entering his second season in Gainesville after replacing Aubrey Hill in late December of 2012. Hill himself abruptly resigned in August of 2012 because of “personal issues.”

“I’m thankful for the opportunity that the University of Florida and Will Muschamp provided to me and my family,” Phillips said, “but at this time I have decided to step down from my position on the UF coaching staff for personal reasons.”

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17 Responses to “Joker Phillips abruptly steps down as Gators’ WRs coach”
  1. davefromwork says: Jun 11, 2014 5:05 PM


    Makes you wonder if more details will be coming later, e.g. personal/professional issues with Muschamp or he’s taking the fall for some kind of investigation that will break soon.

    Really strange

  2. cometkazie says: Jun 11, 2014 5:13 PM

    Mysteriouser and mysteriouser.

    Stay tuned.

    We’ll see what the Lexington paper says tomorrow.

  3. chicagocane says: Jun 11, 2014 5:44 PM

    yeah this smells like a ‘crootin’ violation.

  4. auburntigers34 says: Jun 11, 2014 5:45 PM

    Hopefully, no live chickens are involved.

  5. psly2124 says: Jun 11, 2014 5:53 PM

    Sounds like banging a Co-ed and wife finding out

  6. musketmaniac says: Jun 11, 2014 6:16 PM

    and replaced by the riddler

  7. mgavin78 says: Jun 11, 2014 6:26 PM

    Young girls in gville bro!!
    Get ya in trouble every time.

  8. icallbs81 says: Jun 11, 2014 6:36 PM

    I like pie.

  9. jimmy53 says: Jun 11, 2014 6:43 PM

    This smells more like a recruiting violation issue rather than a Jeremy Pruitt issue.

    Pruitt issue = sleeping with a co-ed and wife/g’friend forces a move.

  10. rupp246 says: Jun 11, 2014 7:31 PM

    My money is on the banging some co-Ed angle.

  11. donovandancy says: Jun 11, 2014 7:42 PM

    According to Trent McMurphy of ESPN on twitter, he was forced to resign by Muschamp.

    Supposedly some violations are about to come to light regarding his time in KY, perhaps even at UF.

  12. mcjon22 says: Jun 11, 2014 11:50 PM

    The best UF could come up with is Chris Leak as his replacement?!? Wasn’t he a QB?

    Not that it matters, they have no receivers and they’ll be bringing in a new coaching staff this winter anyway.

  13. gorilladunk says: Jun 12, 2014 9:19 AM

    Remember when everyone was so excited about “Coach Boom” becoming the head coach at Fla? And how Texas fans were upset that he was allowed to get away? I wonder how they feel now.

  14. swampcannons says: Jun 12, 2014 2:35 PM

    Lots of former QBs become WR coaches. I don’t know what’s so strange about that. They understand the offense and can communicate to the receivers what the QB is expecting them to do. Being a NC winning QB will more than likely have a positive effect on recruiting as well.

  15. cometkazie says: Jun 12, 2014 3:02 PM

    Nothing in the Lexington paper except the standard wire service bit.

    The locals don’t care about anything but basketball and horses, so that is not surprising.

  16. chalkruz1989 says: Jun 12, 2014 5:42 PM

    Say what you want about the man, but, I am sure Gainesville is wishing Urban Meyer didn’t leave.

  17. dhardy8207 says: Jun 14, 2014 10:24 AM

    “Hill himself abruptly resigned in August of 2012 because of “personal issues.”


    Indeed its strange that both Hill and Phillips abruptly resigned over “personal issues”, leaving one to also speculate that there could be issues with the coaching staff meshing as it should. Could this possibly be due to Muschamp feeling the pressure to get it done this season or he’s gone as well.

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