Phillips to be named head coach today

Kentucky calls 3:08 presser to officially name head coach in waiting Joker Phillips head football coach of the Wildcats.

The University of Kentucky will officially name Joker Phillips the next head football coach this afternoon at 3:08 pm.

Phillips was named head coach in waiting two years ago at the urging of then head coach Rich Brooks, who retired earlier this week.

Phillips has long been connected with Kentucky football. He played for the Wildcats from 1981-84 under Coach Jerry Claiborne, where he Phillips helped lead the Wildcats to appearances in the Hall of Fame Bowl in his junior and senior seasons.

He returned to UK football staff from 1988-96 as a member of the coaching staff. He served as a graduate assistant in 1988 & 89, an assistant recruiting coordinator in 1990, and as a full time assistant from 1991-96.

When Brooks was hired in 2003 he brought Phillips back to Kentucky to coach wide receivers and to coordinate recruiting. In 2005 he was named Offensive Coordinator, and was later named Head Coach of the Offense with Randy Sanders being named Offensive Coordinator. Phillips has continued to coach wide receivers throughout his tenure.

As a player and an assistant coach at Kentucky, Cincinnati, Minnesota, Notre Dame and South Carolina the teams he has been associated with have reached ten bowl games.

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