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Phillips Asked About UK Leaving The SEC

The possibility of a Kentucky exit from the SEC continued to get play today as a reporter asked Joker Phillips during his Monday presser if the Cats should bail on their longtime home.


“I don’t think it’s… it’s not my job or my deal to be thinking about, but I think we are in a good situation right here were we are.”


Seven NCAA Tournament championships, 14 Final Fours and some people actually believe Kentucky would be better off moving to a tougher basketball league in order to aide a football program that’s less important to Wildcat fans in the first place?

Don’t underestimate this angle of the ACC talk, folks — by pointing out just how futile UK’s hopes are in football, reporters are able to twist the knife a bit deeper into Phillips’ back.  Every time he has to answer a question regarding the weakness of his program, Phillips is further painted as incompetent. 

And that’s a little rough on a guy who’s just 17 games into his job.

 


13 comments
ACCBballFan
ACCBballFan

Vanderbilt is a much betterACC fit than UK and Vandy is not going to leave SEC either.

Trajan
Trajan

ACC wouldn't accept UK b/c of their academic pedegree or lackthereof.

MJWilliamson
MJWilliamson

I think UK makes twice as much money in football than it does in basketball. That is disparity. Especially so given the opposite disparity in success of those two sports.

In addition to the points you make John, I do not think UK would EVER jeopardize its football revenues. Jumping to the ACC could do just that.

todd
todd

people care about football alot in KY, it not a distant 2 like MRSEC likes to make out.

Jamie Thornton
Jamie Thornton

I would be just fine if they left. Move Auburn to the East and we stay at 12. I don't think they will leave though. I will say this. He might need that suitcase in his hand. Their coach might be on his way out.

Mike Taylor
Mike Taylor

It's not happening. Column fodder is right. ACC is for garbage.

rmft
rmft

Who is Joker Phillips?

Shouldn't they be asking someone important at Kentucky, like John Calipari ?

gatorfan6651
gatorfan6651

Sorry at the extreme risk of setting up anti Florida jokes lol my mouse takes a little while to get around the wheel in my head. :)

gatorfan6651
gatorfan6651

Nevermind answered my own question reading one of your previous entries ...

gatorfan6651
gatorfan6651

Ok my question is this.... What are the serious chances of Kentucky leaving the SEC? Or is this just talk....

ukalum87
ukalum87

How much money would the SEC lose in b-ball revenue if UK did leave. I don't know the answer, I am just curious. It may not be much but I don't think SEC b-ball would be nearly as attractive to ESPN/CBS if UK was not in the league.

ukalum87
ukalum87

Most SEC basketball coaches say the league needs UK to be good to give it credibility. If you UK left SEC basketball would be like Big East football. If the team you support is not FL then I guess it would give your team, whoever that is, a chance to compete in the league every year.

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