Joker learning to say no

Dealing with alums. Dealing with parents, players, past players. There is a lot more to it. I learned to say no.

"I have learned a few things since I became head coach (in January). I knew there would be a lot more than coaching football, didn't I didn't know as much. Dealing with alums. Dealing with parents, players, past players. There is a lot more to it. l learned to say no more than I did as an assistant coach because I felt I had more (free) time as an assistant," Phillips, who had been UK's offensive coordinator and receivers coach, said.

"Saying no is not easy for me, but I am learning. That is some of the advice I got from the old ball coach (Brooks). He told me to make sure I always take care of the task at hand and lead the program the right way. He knew that would be hard for me to say no. My office has always been the one everybody migrated to. I have had to shut the door a lot. Before it was easy to go in and out of my office, but now I am shutting the door to make sure I get my work done."


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