If you were looking for receiver Bookie Cobbins or running back Raymond Sanders during Kentucky’s game against Western Kentucky on Saturday, you were wasting your time. Both players were suspended for the game. Now we know why.
According to The Lexington Herald-Leader, Cobbins, Sanders and cornerback Marcus Caffey — he’s sitting out the season after failing to qualify academically — were all cited last Thursday night for possession of marijuana. While making a routine patrol, a police officer detected a “strong scent of marijuana” coming from the basement area of a Lexington apartment complex. As it turns out, Cobbins, Sanders and Caffey were the folks with the weed and each admitted to the officer that he had been smoking said pot.
“Kids don’t always do all the things right,” Joker Phillips said. “We hold our kids accountable. We disciplined right away. We don’t wait. We try to get as many of the facts as we possibly can. We got them on Friday and we disciplined right away.”
That’s commendable. So was Phillips’ decision not to respond to a barb launched by WKU head coach Willie Taggart after the Hilltoppers upset the Wildcats 32-31 in overtime. Unfortunately, fans expect good behavior and class from their favorite team. What they want and demand are wins. And Phillips hasn’t provided enough to keep the stands at Commonwealth Stadium full.
Having three guys busted for marijuana — whether he disciplined them immediately or not — can’t help the head coach’s cause. It seems Phillips’ players are letting him down off the field as well as on it.