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Phillips Opens Up About His Firing, UK’s Program, And How His Seniors Persuaded Him To Coach Last Two Games

Whether or not it will make a difference on the field in some sort of “win one for the Joker” way is yet to be seen, but according to recently-fired Kentucky coach Joker Phillips it was his seniors who persuaded him to coach UK’s final two games of the season.  In fact, a number of players — like O-lineman Zach West — have said that the team is “upset” right now over their coach’s ouster.

Phillips admitted yesterday when meeting with the press that he still wants Senior Night against Samford on Saturday to be about his players, not him:


“I don’t want to be sent out.  I don’t want an open casket. I don’t want to be somebody’s centerpiece. … I want it to be about those seniors…

(Several players told him) ‘Hey, Coach, you said you want to help watch us grow up.’  And that’s the reason I’m doing this.  The only reason.”


The coach also had a few words for the UK fanbase.  Phillips suggested he knew he was finished when he saw a practically empty Commonwealth Stadium for last week’s loss to Vanderbilt.

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