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Report: potential ‘major violation,’ Miami dropping a dime preceded Joker’s resignation

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Bit by bit, day by day, we’re able to piece together a little more of the surprising — some would say stunning — resignation of Joker Phillips as Florida’s wide receivers coach Wednesday.

The departure was labeled “personal reasons” initially, although it was subsequently reported that an NCAA violation was behind the resignation. ¬†Specifically, a “bump” with a potential recruit, which would be considered a very minor, secondary NCAA violation — and which wouldn’t normally prompt a well-respected coach to leave his post so suddenly, if at all.

According to Yahoo!, however, there appears to be more behind the alleged NCAA violation that forced the Joker’s hand. ¬†From Pat Forde and Charles Robinson:

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.

Sitting with a potential recruit in a restaurant during a dead period would not only seem to bend the spirit of the “bump” rule, but would ostensibly shatter it into myriad pieces.

Essentially, the “bump” rule involves a coach accidentally coming into contact with a potential recruit — i.e., bumping into him/her — during an impermissible contact period. A brief exchange would be considered a secondary violation and would result in less than a slap on the wrist; what the Yahoo! report is describing extends far beyond what’s normally thought of as a violation of the “bump” rule, and could cause significant issues for Phillips NCAA-wise.

What it would mean for the Florida football program and potential sanctions, minor (more likely) or major (less likely), from an emasculated NCAA is unknown at this point in time.

Neither the NCAA nor Florida, obviously, are commenting on the situation, including Yahoo!‘s most recent allegations.

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27 Responses to “Report: potential ‘major violation,’ Miami dropping a dime preceded Joker’s resignation”
  1. mydixienormus says: Jun 12, 2014 5:54 PM

    All this coming off of Florida’s 4-win campaign last year.

    Bummer dudes.

    Maybe Saint Tebow can come back as a coach and save the day…

  2. cometkazie says: Jun 12, 2014 6:14 PM

    Bump . . .

  3. Scott Mullin says: Jun 12, 2014 6:48 PM

    Is there a rule concerning terrible memes during this period?

  4. canetic says: Jun 12, 2014 6:51 PM

    Miami is just trying to light a fire under the Gators to get them to agree to play them again. Chickens.

  5. drummerhoff says: Jun 12, 2014 7:07 PM

    Dumb rule.

  6. swampcannons says: Jun 12, 2014 7:09 PM

    Love the snark from lil dixie, the #1 huskies fan. Your program is so pathetic that you troll here. Telling indeed. Sarkisian made the right choice and went with a winner in your conference. Come back during the regular season and see how a real program rebounds.
    This Gator fan would love for the series to renew as would many others so don’t think we’re scared of your ghost of a program. The fact that one of your minions had to tattle tells me we’re competitive in the in-state recruiting battle. Maybe we’ll get lucky and see these two face off in a playoff soon.

  7. irishdodger says: Jun 12, 2014 7:38 PM

    Be careful Swamp…it doesn’t take long for any program to deteriorate into a “ghost of a program”…yours could be next….not that they’ve been relevant that long (until Spurrier was hired). I’m no Canes fan, but them being relevant is good for CFB. The Gators? Meh…just another SEC team.

  8. 35longmiles says: Jun 12, 2014 8:00 PM

    irishdodger says:
    Jun 12, 2014 7:38 PM
    “I’m no cane fan, but…”


    Good for CFB? Tired cane blabber.

  9. thefiesty1 says: Jun 12, 2014 10:47 PM

    OMG! What did he do at Kentucky? The NCAA need to look in the mirror and figure out what is important and what is meaningless.

  10. noles44 says: Jun 12, 2014 11:41 PM

    Pretty pathetic by the Canes staff. Snitches get stitches!

  11. lawson1974 says: Jun 12, 2014 11:59 PM

    Dead periods are stupid.

  12. phinfanatic84 says: Jun 13, 2014 12:10 AM

    Wow… I hope a person with ties to Miami’s athletic program wasn’t the one who handed in the picture to the NCAA. With what the NCAA tried to do to UM with the Shapiro fiasco, UM should cooperate to the bare minimum with the NCAA. That being said, I can’t say that I’m surprised that a coach gets caught taking a recruit out for a meal during the dead period. There shoukd be no dead period and there should be no signing day. Let all seniors in High School sign a letter of intent whenever they commit or risk losing out when a University fills up their alloted scholarships. That will eliminate the ridiculous press conferences and hat game shenanigans on ESPN.

  13. swampcannons says: Jun 13, 2014 1:31 AM


    Yeah, a Notre Dame fan would be the reigning authority on what makes a ghost of a program. Not the SEC’s fault that ND had NO business being in the NC game.

  14. bobsnygiants says: Jun 13, 2014 6:28 AM

    it’s fucking stupid

  15. mydixienormus says: Jun 13, 2014 9:15 AM

    Yo! Swampcannons. Love the challenge. Talk with you mid-season bro.

    Do you realize the Huskies hired the most sought after coach in college football?

    Name a program looking for a head coach that didn’t have him on their wish list right up at the top.

    Huskies won 9 games last year. Did you notice?

    Note: The only way UF will rebound is when they fire their head coach. For the sake of your sanity, I hope that is soon.

    Peace out.

  16. kosarkid says: Jun 13, 2014 10:02 AM

    The Miami staffer was mad because he was supposed to have the first meeting with him at lunch that day… lol. I’m sick of all the recruiting violations we hear about. If the NCAA wants to make things truly fair for college athletics here’s what they need to do:
    1) Spending limit each school can apply to each of their sports teams
    2) Universtiy sports teams cannot accept donations or any other form of a gift from their boosters
    3) Every high prospect high school recruit must meet with 5 universities before national signing day
    4) Let the NCAA make the schedule, every team will play the same number of cupcake teams

    Just doing these three things will help out the smaller schools and keep things more competitive.

  17. kosarkid says: Jun 13, 2014 10:04 AM

    ^^^^Four things

  18. 8to80texansblog says: Jun 13, 2014 10:21 AM


    I’m not UF or UM fan but why is UM being good, good for CFB?

    I could probably say that about your Irish… but Miami??? Who, other than South Floridians care all that much about Miami?

    They were fun to watch when they were good in the late 80s/early 90s and again in the early 00’s but a lot of teams have been fun to watch at different periods.

  19. 8to80texansblog says: Jun 13, 2014 10:28 AM


    Penn St.

    Peterson missed his chance to get a job at blue chip program. 3 or 4 years ago he was at the TOP of EVERY list. Not so much lately.

  20. rolltide510 says: Jun 13, 2014 10:32 AM


    That was some great satire to begin my morning, I got a good laugh out of that.

    (I’m just going to assume you weren’t serious, as things like “sports programs can’t have boosters” are too absurd to be anything but humor)

  21. reefcup says: Jun 13, 2014 11:18 AM

    Washington is irrelevant, except for the rare upset of a team like USC or Oregon. Now maybe Peterson changes that, maybe not.

    It wasn’t that long ago that the Gators played in a BCS bowl game and given the fact that Florida is a recruiting hot bed I am sure they will be back soon, with or without Muschamp….

  22. swampcannons says: Jun 13, 2014 12:41 PM


    Good, look forward to seeing you here and we’ll compare notes. Will your field be painted blue by then?

  23. indi0228 says: Jun 13, 2014 9:43 PM

    An SEC team not following NCAA rules?? I am shocked.

  24. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Jun 14, 2014 12:26 PM

    This is what Muschamp gets for telling Miami recruits that we were getting the death penalty.

    F*ck the Gator, 4-8 losers. Can’t even claim 2nd place little brother in the state anymore.

  25. atxcane says: Jun 14, 2014 6:20 PM

    Maybe a knowledgable Florida fan could chime in, but there’s obviously more to the story. *Nobody* gets fired for a simple ‘bump’ violation. These are very minor secondary violations, punished with the likes of “no texting for 2 weeks for this coach”.

    My gut feeling is that Joker wasn’t meshing well with what Roper wants to do, and as the offense in Gainesville was putrid last season, Muschamp isn’t going to stand in Roper’s way. This was an excuse to replace him. The only nagging detail is would Muschamp really need a trumped up excuse to fire Joker?

    The other option would be that this wasn’t a simple ‘bump’, but in fact a much larger violation and Joker was cut loose to avoid deeper scrutiny.

  26. papajack1259 says: Jun 15, 2014 4:07 PM

    Boy what would the NCAA do if he was a pediphile

  27. roltyd says: Jun 16, 2014 7:34 AM

    @papajack…where the H3LL did that come from? Is that your stock and trade?

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