Oct 13, 2012; Fayetteville, AR, USA; Kentucky Wildcats head coach Joker Phillips during the second quarter of the game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-US PRESSWIRE

Kentucky Wildcats Football: Joker Phillips Statement

As you are aware, Joker Phillips will not be retained as the head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats past this season.  Even though a change was needed, I feel bad for Joker and wish him well.  He by all accounts, was a good man, who loved Kentucky blue and dedicated much of his life to the BBN.  Unfortunately the coaching thing did not work out.  That said, there is no reason NOT to pack Commonwealth Stadium in two weeks and support this team on Senior Day.

Here is the statement by Joker Phillips that the UKAA released:

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.

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