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On this morning’s radio show, we discussed a report from BleedBlueKentucky’s message boards that Joker Phillips was told he would return to the sidelines next season. It turns out that was nothing more than message board banter and the site’s moderator, Aaron Cordero, doesn’t support the rumor.

In fact, is now reporting that Mitch Barnhart and Joker Phillips met at one point over the last 24 hours and Joker was told he would not be the head coach of Kentucky football once the season ended. A “resignation is pending,” according to Cordero.

This is all from so believe what you will, but it is something KSR wanted to pass along.

As always, Go Cats.

UPDATE: A source close to the program tells KSR that earlier reports that Mitch Barnhart told Joker Phillips he would not be the head coach of Kentucky football once the season ended and that Joker will resign are “100% completely false.”

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

54 Comments for says a “resignation is pending”

  1. thebrewerman
    4:01 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    Fingers crossed this is true

  2. ktmiln2
    4:02 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    In all honesty, that would be the best way for the situation to end. I’m sure Mitch doesn’t want to fire Joker, and I know I, as would others, would hate to see him be fired. Regardless, Joker doesn’t need to be coach next year.

  3. comments explosion in 3,2,1 ...
    4:03 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    tick tick tick

  4. Alex
    4:06 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink


  5. Buh bye
    4:06 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink


  6. P90X dude
    4:06 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    UK will not have to pay anything to Joker if he resigns. But I doubt that will be the case.

  7. ChicagoCat
    4:07 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    Very surprising if true. Even if the writing is on the wall for Joker I’d have to think its a bit early in the season for a resignation.

  8. UK Fan
    4:09 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    God, I hope it’s Mitch that’s resigning.

  9. Steely Dan
    4:11 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    I think you crashed their site, Drew

  10. UKNeal7
    4:11 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    #8 you are a fool if you want Mitch gone

  11. Chicago
    4:12 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    If only there were a former Ohio State coach we could hire right now to start recruiting as he conveniently sits out the remaining games due to NCAA restrictions…

  12. Eric K
    4:13 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    No matter what it’s going to be ugly tomorrow night. GO CATS!!

  13. UKNeal7
    4:13 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    Also nothing against KSR but Bleed Blue does an excellent job with all of their football information and I would advise you visit their site as well.

  14. knightynight
    4:13 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    I would like to see him back for one more year…

    70 UNDERCLASSMEN this year. 70.

  15. 96cats98
    4:14 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    I like Joker. He’s a good guy. Hate to see this happen. BUT, he clearly isn’t the guy for Kentucky Football and we need a change.

  16. BigBluSotru
    4:15 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    I guess Bobby P, was sited eating lunch at the tin roof then went house hunting. Or was it Mike Leach, Jon gruden or Tony Dungy. Also heard that Nick Saban was thinking of relocatiing to the football mecca UK . Urban Meyer said hes fed up at Ohio St also thinking about Uk. Charlie Strong beleives uk is a sleeping giant thinking of coming too. Be careful what we ask for.

  17. Gdub
    4:18 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    I am with ya # 8. Mitch is to blame for the BCG debacle and the football fiasco. Ditch Mitch!!!

  18. tyson
    4:18 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    6–IF this is true, Mitch would allow Joker to resign instead of firing him. UK would pay Joker whatever was owed him on his contract as if he was fired. Mitch wants JP to be able to save as much face as possible.

  19. Steely Dan
    4:19 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    16) You workin on a bibliography?

  20. TakethoseonionsOFFmysliders
    4:20 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    Ditch Mitch and Joke! We want Petrino!!

  21. Nature Boy
    4:21 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    Rather have a new coach so the 70 underclassmen aren’t ruined by Joker.

  22. blusotruspeakstruth
    4:21 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    #16 Nice summary of the rampant rumors. So KSR cites BleedBlue saying that a.) Joker will return b.) Joker/Barnhart meet and Joker won’t return and c.) believe what you will. Scintillating journalism. I’m underwhelmed. In other newsworthy reports, rain may or may not fall in Lexington the rest of today. Be careful what we ask for? Here’s a hint.. UK is doomed to wallow as the doormat in SEC East. Joker or not. He leaves, and we won’t get one sniff from any coaching name that any of us recognize.

  23. Joke
    4:22 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    #14 – Who is responsible for that? Has Joker given any indications he knows how to run a team at all?

  24. Chicago
    4:23 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    16) Yeah I heard Rex Ryan’s kids were just enrolled at Christ the King… watch out!

  25. Nature Boy
    4:24 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    J.J. Dillon or Baby Doll would be excellent coaches.

  26. wow
    4:25 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    bbk said they never met in the past 24 hours see more ksr lies

  27. BlueFaithful
    4:25 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    What’s wrong with you guys?? I think as good as coach cal is, he’s made us spoiled rotten by coming in and literally pulling a 180 turn in just one year. It doesn’t happen that way! Coaching changes are always tough, and joker has just now built his staff, as like mentioned above, has 70, SEVENTY UNDERCLASSMEN. Stop with your instant gratification and chill out besides, why are we in some dire rush to have a new football coach? It’s Kentucky football, not Alabama. Give the guy a chance at his dream job.

  28. BlueFaithful
    4:28 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    And for anybody sayin ditch Mitch, you need to take a long hard look at our athletics facilities, teams, and those pretty little banners newly added to rupps collection. He was responsible for rich brooks (who you also said to get rid of), Matthew Mitchell, women’s volleyball, tennis winning the SEC, baseball being nationally competitive, rifle national champs and a host of others. Quit acting like you know your stuff.

  29. Playin' the Field
    4:29 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    Everyone who is saying he is such a great guy, what about the affair he had last year.

  30. surelyyoujest
    4:29 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    #27 oh c’mon. Look whats happened over the years when UK replaces a coach. Look how well Curry did following Clairborne, Mumme’s tremendous run following Curry, Guy Morriss taking us to the next level, Rich Brooks finally returning UK to the glory days! What’s that you say? None of those guys could make it work either? Oh who cares. Just push the next mid level coach thru the revolving door. We’ll give him 2 years and then on to the next one!

  31. Big Blue Coming at You
    4:29 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    14. What was his excuse the past two years? What’s his excuse for the defense being bad all three years? Excuses, excuses, excuses. Always excuses from the apologists.

  32. Reality
    4:29 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    So it’s obvious that Matt doesn’t have the so called insiders on the football program as he said there is no way they would hire Petrino and then retracted and now doesn’t get the inside info on the resignation.

  33. barn
    4:30 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    and why does he have 70 underclassmen? what has happened to create that situation? that is about how many underclassmen tenn had last year (i believe they had around 13 srs), but look what they had happen to their program.

  34. Musehobo
    4:30 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    26) Grow up, it’s passed along from another website. They clearly couldn’t substantiate it, so they made that clear. KSR is being transparent, not lying. Moron. Just like all of you that want one of the best AD’s in the nation fired. He’s pulling the plug after 2 years of a mistake, just BCG. Most AD’s would have given both coaches more time. Back off him.

  35. The Vest
    4:31 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    I’ll be there soon…

  36. barn
    4:32 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    mitch is the best ad i can remember in a long time. and i’m o l d.

  37. True blue
    4:33 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    27. Give the guy a chance? hes had plenty of chances. Take off your rose colored glasses then maybe you will see the light. The sooner the better.

  38. dreamer
    4:35 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    Already hearing that the new recruiting coordinator will be Lane Kiffins wife!

  39. Beatle Bum
    4:36 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    Why would Joker resign? Should this team improve over the last half of the season, Joker could save his job or, in the least, demonstrate his worth for another coaching job at a non-SEC school.

  40. lowlife98chevy
    4:37 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    Now what am I going to do. I burned my couch before you sent the update. Dang it.

  41. dtg
    4:37 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    I am amazed at the number of morons who disapprove of the job Mitch is doing. Our athletic program has NEVER been better- NEVER. I stress the word ATHLETIC- meaning ALL sports. Yes, our football program is way down and yes it’s our cash cow but this is the product of a failed process. Mitch brought in Rich Brooks with moderate success, made our program moderately respectful and Joker was the Kentucky connection given the chance to build upon Brook’s legacy. Didn’t work. So you know what? Mitch is going to hire someone who will. We are now in the capital one cup conversation- that has NEVER happened. When was the last time our baseball, tennis, women’s basketball, etc. were any good before Mitch came along. Get a clue you ditch mitch instant-gratification, shoot-from-the-hip, reactionary jack nuts.

  42. yeap
    4:37 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    Yeap mitch did all that, none of that credit goes to all the young athletes that worked their asses off for those championships!

  43. Rae
    4:41 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    27. He didn’t have anything to turn around. He was given something fairly ok and killed its momentum. We didn’t expect him to turn us into Bama. We do expect to beat the teams we pay to play us. Coach in waiting was supposed to alleviate the coaching transition some, and he was head of recruiting.

    Look at what Charlie Strong did with a worse product in the same amount of time. This kind of year is meant for a coach’s first year, not near the end of his contract. If he doesn’t get an extension at the end of this year, recruiting is dead anyway, and he hasn’t proven he deserves an extension.

  44. Hal
    4:43 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    14-he only won 6 games with cobb/hartline/locke/matthews on O & trevathan/guy on D in ’10. and that was with a 4 win olemiss (L),7 win UF (L), 6 win UGA (L), 6 win UT (L), 8 win MSU (L) on the sched.
    we knew that was his ceiling at the time.

  45. WildcatByTheGraceOfGOD
    4:43 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    Joker is a great guy and so is his staff, but I’ve said it before…nice guys do not win SH!T in college or NFL Football.

    I wish he was the exception, but it’s not the case. He and his staff are here for the right reasons, and they care deeply about the program and players as much or more than ANY of us….but it’s not enough to win in the SEC, and especially not at UK.

    BobbyP is the a-hole kind of coach that is needed to get UK going in the right direction. People hate the guy, hell I hate the guy, but I recognize that is the type of person that is needed to make UK relevant in football. If anyone can’t recognize that he and his brother of offensive football genius’ then they do not know football. The a-hole can flat out coach. And he could do it at UK…he has produced winning teams everywhere he’s gone, I just hope if Mitch goes with him, there is some legal binding verbage that will nail his ass to the wall if he screws up. Cause it will [email protected] sure hurt like hell if we start winning and he has done his typical stupid behind the scenes crap that he’s done everywhere else.

    Maybe the guy has changed after the Arkansas debacle.

  46. old man
    4:44 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    38 – I’m ready to make my unofficial visit as soon as it happens!

  47. BobbyP
    4:52 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    Just wait it out BBN. I’m coming back to the state of Kentucky ,this time in blue!

  48. yeap
    4:52 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    Damn they have a nice site. Never heard of hem before.

  49. minton
    5:08 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    What do you guys think about Joker stepping down but staying on as offensive coordinator?

  50. STEVE!
    5:16 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    I work with, and have neighbors who are grads and fans of Alabama, LSU, Auburn, Georgia, Ohio State, and Florida, among others. They are all so envious of our position in the Capital One Cup standings. They all wish they could trade places and ADs with us.

    70 Underclassmen. Those schools I just mentioned also have underclassmen, but they are a lot better than ours. We won’t magically be better in the SEC in the next 1-3 years just because we’re young.

  51. bluesman
    5:54 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    #43 wouldnt hurtt if jp had hired a coach from the canes it sure didnt hurtt them tards but what cost for victories uk could be in a lot of hurtt if they had a coaching staff like that HURTT!!!!HURTT!!!!

  52. braxoon
    7:07 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    I hope it is a package deal and Mitch is gone too. Everyone knows that Cal insisted on a contract that excluded Mitch on most of the executive decisions.

  53. UKBlue1!
    8:57 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    If it were true! I’ll be in the stands tomorrow with the paper bag on my head. Yelling firstdown! Kentucky. Of course will be behind by 35 by this time. Go Cats.

  54. Randal
    10:25 am September 29, 2012 Permalink

    This site reports rumors about rumors. It is no wonder the writers here are constantly misquoting others. I think it is done intentionally so as to get as much response as possible. Matt Jones you should be ashamed of yourself and I hope that lady that chastised you on your show about your approach to UK football calls you back. The good things you do like the interviews with Ballard Cassady are outweighed by your disregard for other people in your business. This flare-up with BBK has made me lose most if not all respect for your site and its integrity.

    Aaron is a fine man with a proven track record that you should respect and you don’t Shame on you and your site.