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Coach Phillips’ Post Game Press Conference

(h/t Courier-Journal)

Article written by Rashawn Franklin

64 Comments for Coach Phillips’ Post Game Press Conference

  1. Buck Goodman
    9:28 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    Hopefully his last post game presser….

  2. howlongtilmadness
    9:31 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink


  3. cat4life
    9:36 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    Damn I was hoping he would resign

  4. Gavin S.
    9:38 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    Did he call special teams special forces? Is that a thing?

  5. Rixter
    9:39 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    The most disturbing thing I sqaw today was how matter-of-factly Joker spoke about the game. He sounded like somebody speaking who had no loyalty to the program, no ties to the game, no dog in the fight. WHERE IS THE FIRE? WHERE is the outrage? After Louisville lost to Marshall last year, I thought Strong was going to need medical attention, he was LIVID! Joker’s like, yeah, whatever.. we lost, ok.

  6. Tubby Smith
    9:40 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    Sounds like me!

  7. BlueTexan
    9:41 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    “We’re better than that”…where in the Hell was he this afternoon? What game was he watching? As, he obviously wasn’t coaching…


  8. BPM
    9:41 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    Give me a short list for next coach? Joker has to go.

  9. AskTheRealQuestion
    9:43 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    Joker, why no adjustments on defense?

  10. Dave in Bangkok
    9:45 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    Special Forces?


    He’s an idiot.

    Get rid of this loser.

  11. DB11
    9:47 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    With a soda on the side..

  12. Dave in Bangkok
    9:48 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    Isn’t he friends with Lovie Smith?

    Shouldn’t he be able to get pointers from Smith?

  13. Dave in Bangkok
    9:49 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    He likes the talent. So, he admits that the coaching sucks!!!

  14. BlueTexan
    9:51 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    #6- You’re TOTALLY delusional…a ‘national championship’ Rifle Team isn’t going to solve the drop-off in season tickets and the joke that’s KY football! Barnfart needs to get a buy-one-get-one Greyhound ticket on out of town bus with Joker.

  15. Translation please
    9:51 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    Can somebody translate that unintelligible gibberish?

  16. Rixter
    9:53 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    I pray that next year, Joker’s getting pointers from Lovie Smith every time the Bears coaches have a meeting.

  17. putinrichie
    9:57 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    Joker knows his fate. You can see his dissapointment in the way he talks and that he knows he doesn’t have the players to get this done. This team lacks playmakers on both sides of the ball. I do believe Joker when he says we are better, but this wasn’t a game where the outcome would have been different if we executed a few more plays. We could have played a lot better and maybe covered, but it is clear to everyone who watched that UL was clearly the better team.

  18. BlueTexan
    9:57 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    #9- Call Vandy’s president…since there is NO Athletic Director…he got it ‘right’!

  19. Disgruntled Goat
    10:01 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    Well, the music died early for me this year. South Carolina was my breaking point last year. Joker has to go. This is killing me. I am a die hard fan who is only one of a few KY fans who likes football way more than basketball. Something has to give.

  20. hersheyisabear
    10:04 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    I thought of this when watching this presser. Enjoy and laugh.

  21. Hacksaw
    10:06 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    I am so tired of the Mitch must go talk. He is batting about 90 percent on all his hires at UK . He did not make a good hire with Joker and can correct that with a new hire.He did not make a good hire with Billy G and then hired Cal . Are you happy with that one ? We can not think that he is going to bat 100 percent on all his hires . I have been following other UK AD over the last 40 yrs and he is way ahead of all the others. We had a chance this year of winning the Capital Cupthis past year and finished 2nd . We have never been in the top 15 before and thatmisna fact. He is not perfect and you are it as well . He has to make a change and I trust he will get it right this time like he did with Cal . Its also clear he made the right hire with Brooks when people questioned that . You need to look att the whole picture and stop being short sighted in your thinking

  22. JBR
    10:08 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    Listening to Joker speak answers a lot of questions about why we suck. He is perhaps the worst communicator I have ever heard at this level. I’m not sure I have ever heard him finish a sentence without his mind randomly starting in on something else. That is not just meant to be funny, but how does someone coach that can barely communicate? This is just pathetic…no getting my season tix renewed is looking like a great decision right now.

  23. BlueTexan
    10:08 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    #20- AMEN. Let’s make sure Joker takes Barnfart with him! Clean house…the BBN will support football again…but, NOT with the Barnfart/Joker stand-up comedy team!

  24. Billy Clyde
    10:13 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    Are you looking for a new coach? I know a few things about football.

  25. Pioneer
    10:18 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    #18 hits the nail on the head. It wasn’t execution or coaching or turnovers or defense. Louisville just has better players, plain and simple! Joker knows it and Strong knew it, and that’s exactly why he benched his starters up 3 scores. The sad part is, UK is not goin to have better players until Strong moves on. So should we hope that UL has a great year, so CS moves up to a bigger and better gig? Or do we continue to call for Jokers head? Bottom line is UL ain’t that great and neither is their conference. But what does that say about the rest of the season? I say we win 3 if we are lucky. No big upsets and we better be ready for WKU. We have a punchers chance to win one in the SEC…

  26. Michael
    10:18 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    I’m sorry, but Joker and his staff needs to be fired, so maybe we can save part of the season. I think most people like Joker as a person and KY boy….but it’s time for him to go. Mitch Barnhart!!! Are you listening to the fans???????? He needs to go!!!!

  27. carnifex
    10:24 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    Here’s the short list of coaches that would consider working at UK, and UK(if were serious about football, but it’s not) should hire.

    1) Bobby Petrino
    2) Bobby Petrino
    3) Bobby Petrino
    4) Bobby Patrino’s hawt sexetary( she has to know mor about football than Mushmouth
    5) Bobby Petrino

    Any other list shows Barney and the BOT are just happy with the way things are going.


    Last years list was:
    1) Mike Leach
    2) Mike Leach
    3) mike Leach
    4) Captain Jack Sparrow
    5) Mike Leach

  28. carnifex
    10:28 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink


    We’er glad you love womens tiddly winks. And even though Title 9 makes us spend money on womens tiddly winks, doesn’t mean squat to the financial future of the University. Football is the cashcow, the golden goose. Barney has cut the goose in half so he can get all the golden eggs inside with no plan for future golden eggs.

  29. Brink
    10:33 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    #5 Did you not see last year when spurrier stuck it to us and Joker was ok with it? So why does this surprise you?

  30. BlueTexan
    10:33 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    #22- Your thinking is why we’re in the position we are with football. Barnfart’s initial hire (Brooks) was ONLY due to Morris early exit and Barnfart called an ‘old’ mentor to save him as his initial job as AD was in jeopardy (due to inexperience)soon after he signed-on. BTW- IF you have ever read anything re: Cal’s hiring, you’d know he recruited us more than we recruited him. I’m looking at the ‘whole picture’ as I’ve been an alum and $ supporter for (regretfully) longer than you…even the embarrassment Hagan forgot more than Barnfart will ever know. Building a national championship Rifle Team, etc. helps the Capital Cups points…but, how many season tickets have they sold to Commonwealth? Barnfart/Joker have decimated a revenue source that can only be rejuvenated by their timely departures!

  31. Steve Back
    10:37 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    Can’t spell sUcKs without UK !! Matt Jones hides behind his Ma Mamas Skirt!!

  32. gottodoit
    10:40 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    We surely made Louisville look good. But, then, we’d make anybody look good.

  33. Slick Willie
    11:06 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    31 – So all of Barnhart’s mistakes are his fault and all of his successes is someonelse’s doing. Really? You single out the rifle team ignoring all the success of baseball, softball, volleyball, tennis, etc. News flash: UK sucked at football long before Mitch Barnhart and they will suck at football after Mitch Barnhart. You idiots act like you just throw money at something and it fixes the problems. Ask the federal government and Obama how well that works.

  34. BlueTexan
    11:19 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    #31- Get back on your ‘meds’ Slick Willie. Barnfart’s mistakes are his…he just hasn’t taken ownership of them.

  35. Dave
    11:37 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    “We are better than that”. I cant wait to see how better your team is. Im tired of this crap. I will not renew my 1 tix next year he is retained. I think Barnhart has to do something bbut he cld care less so go ahead an fire him.

  36. Dave
    11:42 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    34 You are moron, I am gald you dont work for me. He recruits his players you dumbass. Im so happy our fanbase is so ignorant. Probabaly why we dont have a better coach.

  37. Phillip fullmer
    12:04 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    Hire me

  38. Chris
    12:49 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    Just once I’d like to hear him speak with confidence and not mumble and fumble around.

  39. Andy
    1:16 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    Joker did not create 2 fumbles and a missed goal, thats on the players. The play was scripted right, the rbs should know to secure the ball firmly having been through multiple seasons now. With that said, Rick Minter has some serious explaining to do. The D was just awful.

  40. UKBlue
    1:40 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    That sound you hear is the sound of TAPS being played on Joker coaching career !!

  41. Joker Sucks
    2:14 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    Who gives a f”’ what this idiot says? He can’t coach, so he cant speak for the program. You made a Big Least team look like Alabama!

  42. AirRaid98
    2:18 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    #40 hit it on the head, this is not Joker Phillips fault people. He didn’t fumble the ball, he didn’t get winded and get pushed 4 and 5 yards off the ball and get drug by ball carriers. Our offense looked great, it was firing on all cylinders with a starting qb who has little to no experience. Our run game when set up by the pass looked strong despite fumbles. Now as far as Rick Minter is concerned there is no excuse to not switch up the defense and load that box up a little more. Never understood the Minter hire and never will, the guy came out of the blue and has proven nothing while here.

  43. Big Blue Coming At You
    2:32 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    No Joker, you aren’t better than that. Your players aren’t, your coaches aren’t and you aren’t. We finally get a QB with some balls to stand in the pocket and you tell him to throw near laterals when we need 7 yards for a first down. Strong could read you like a grade school book. He knew how to keep your offense at bay and exploit your pathetic defense. You sir are one of the worst coaches i’ve ever seen. You don’t have a damn clue on what your doing. Please, if you really love UK then you’ll resign. You can’t right the ship. It’s just sinking further and your demise is inevitable. Why not take all the pressure off yourself and just go.

  44. Big Blue Coming At You
    2:38 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    40 and 43. Just stop with the excuses already. It is Joker’s fault when his players are lacking fundamentals. It is Joker’s fault for predictable, conservative play calling. It’s all coaching! This guy can’t coach himself out of a wet paper bag.

  45. Georgia Peaches
    4:00 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    Should have called a TIMEOUT on them long drives by Louisvile. Talent is there just got to know how to use it, Didnt stretch the field with Louisville having them subpar DBs,Shouldve run the ball more,because the middle was wide open with no LB.Didnt run no seam route when Louisville was pressing, Kentucky have a better team than the Coaches and Fans think they have. I saw some playmakers that wasnt put in position to make plays. You have to throw the ball downfield every once in awhile. Plus you take what defense give you. The Coaches got to play their best players and quit worryng about this player been in the system for 4 years,because if he hasnt produce let them talented young guys play. I sick and tired of favortism. Just play your best 11 guys no matter what classification

  46. Robert Petrino
    7:17 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    Hire me right now please! I’ll give you 3-4 good years of coaching before I run off in the night

  47. Tyrag1
    7:18 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    That was the softest defence I have seen in a while by a team that is supposed to be a D1. After watching Alabama the night before, it was like watching a junior high team especially on defense.

  48. MtnCat
    7:52 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    As pathetic a news conference as the game plan itself.
    Man is in way over his head.
    Barnhart hasn’t a clue about football.
    Kentucky football fans are screwed.

  49. stan
    7:55 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    #40 and #43, it is jokers fault when his players are laughing and joking at the end of the game on the sidelines.It’s his fault when he shows no emotion at the press conference after the game(what part I could understand) Bottom line is this: Joker stays-fan base keeps falling off and we lose more and more. Fire Joker goes-fan base will come back to see if the product has changed for the better,but at least they will come back. Is it a easy decision? NO. One that needs to be made? YES. WE ARE AT THE BOTTOM PEOPLE,A CHANGE HAS TO BE MADE!!!

  50. Tick tock tick tock
    8:01 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    Our football coach can’t manage a ballgame. He lacks understanding of how to use all 60 minutes in ways that put our team in positions to make important plays. No urgency at all when we have the ball and the clock is still running after a 4 yard gain. No time-outs when we might be able to stop momentum. The last two minutes of the first half could have sent a message, but that would have required some inventive and aggressive minds under the headsets.

  51. Beavis
    8:13 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    Why did anyone expect anything different than last year ?? 2 and 10 this year,,,get used to it. Maybe we will have another one man coaching search by the AD. Congrats to the Louisville fan base but if you think the Cards can compete with LSU and Bama based on playing Kentucky,,,,,,,,well I am sorry,,is not going to happen.

  52. Yep
    8:25 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    See guys, a black man can’t do a white mans job. A black man can ruin everything. Just look at their neighborhoods.

  53. Chase
    8:28 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    Anyone can see from watching that game, if anyones job should be in jeopardy it should be Rick Minter. Our offense looked pretty good, besides the turnovers, they were moving the ball up and down the field with good play calls. However, our defense can’t stop the run, fails to get off the field on third down, and our defensive backs never make a play on the ball. If anyone should be worried about their job, it should be Rick Minter.

  54. Beavis
    8:35 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    Number 53,,,has nothing to do with skin color and everything to do with coaching ability. I would not care if the coach had purple skin as long as the players looked like they were ready to play and competed.

  55. kes
    8:50 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    53. you are an IGNORANT,RACIST, MF’ER

  56. Perkins
    9:11 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    #9, most probable short list: Jay Gruden, Kirby Smart and Bobby Petrino

  57. Big Pappa
    9:16 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    Joker has the team better,,,,,he doesnt fumble the ball,,,,,,,,he doesnt get lost on 3rd and 20. He has a young team and everyone has to realize to build a program takes time. We have to get some MEAT on D line-we get pushes around way too much. Rick Mintor better get his stuff together-if we would have played half defense we would have been in that game or even won. Louisville isnt that good.

  58. Chuck
    9:23 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    Blitz, blitz and blitz. You can’t rush 3 or 4 against a good passing qb and expect him to miss his passes. Two fumbles that could have resulted in tds and a missed fg, that’s 17 points!!!! Don’t start getting mouthy about replacing your coach after the first game, that’s the last thing we need right now. This team has 8 home games. Maybe if we really show support at those games we might win a few. Names like Leach and Petrino are not the answer. Both have too much dirty baggage. We don’t need that. Maybe Boise St.’s coach would be interested since they’re going to the Big “Least”

  59. carnifex
    10:46 am September 3, 2012 Permalink


    You do realize that the D-line was touted as being the strength of this defense right?(and compared to the secondary it is). Nice try though.

    The sad part is I was calling out not only our plays, but UL’s as well to my dad. Neither team is that good. Uk is just much worse.

  60. Yabba Do
    12:02 pm September 3, 2012 Permalink

    Why don’t you guys figure out who #53 is and embarrass him on the main page? He’s obviously a UofL loser just trying to be cute.

  61. Parker
    12:09 pm September 3, 2012 Permalink

    53, that was uncalled for.. I feel like the Kentucky fan base, and University itself, gave up on him before the season ever started! He knows he gone. Like any of us would have “fire” in our voice after that. Just like we gave up on him, give me one reason why he shouldn’t give up on us?? In a way, hard to say this, I feel like we deserved that with all the crap we PRE seasoned have given him! And you think anyone wants to coach football here yea right.

  62. Patrino is a Prick
    12:23 pm September 3, 2012 Permalink

    Best hope for UK football is to tank this season fire the Joke and hope patrino will pull a Pitinio. I think Patrino is just a big enough pick to pull it off. UK will never get the stud player to compete in the SEC without a coach with a gimmicky pass crazy play book. Towels could be special with Patrino.

  63. Katdaddy
    3:18 pm September 3, 2012 Permalink