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Kentucky fires head coach Phillips

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Kentucky's Joker Phillips became the second college head football coach to be fired this season when Kentucky athletic director Mitch Barnhart announced in an open letter released on Kentucky's official website on Sunday that Phillips will not be returning next season.

Phillips will remain the Wildcats head coach for the rest of the regular season, and Banrhart said, the "search for a new head coach will begin immediately and will be managed internally."

Phillips was an assistant coach at Kentucky in 2008 when he was named coach-in-waiting, and he became the head coach in 2010 when Rich Brooks retired.

Phillips has a 12-23 record at Kentucky, including 4-19 in SEC play. This season, the Wildcats are 1-9 and 0-7.

According to, Phillips said in a statement issued by the school: "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."
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