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Joker Phillips’ status for remaining games “TBD”

In case you had any doubts about the severity of this decision, Mitch attached a thoughtful picture of himself to his open letter.

Although Mitch Barnhart said any change in the coaching staff would occur at the “conclusion of the season,” UK spokesman DeWayne Peevy just said that Joker Phillips’ status as head coach for the remainder of the season is “to be determined.”

Stay tuned…

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59 Comments for Joker Phillips’ status for remaining games “TBD”

  1. big Diesel
    4:10 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink


  2. Willis talkin bout..
    4:13 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    Please put some thought into leaving yourself. douche

  3. Richard Moore
    4:13 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    Bye Bye Joker. You can not win with UK football. No matter what anyone says it is IMPOSSIBLE! All the money goes to UK Basketball and it is great to have a winning program in Basketball Kentucky needs to wake up and get with the “program” like the other colleges that are good or at least decent at both sports. The top two sports for many that bring in the most money for the schools. I bleed blue but hate being Black and Blue during football season…… Just saying…

    Richard Moore
    Cape Coral Florida

  4. Charlie Brown
    4:15 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    Maybe Mitch will ride off in the sunset with Joker? We can at least hope.

  5. shields eyes
    4:15 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    One more swipe in this letter to fans who don’t attend games. Mitch wants to be a missionary and his heart is not into his job. He should step down and follow where his heart is leading instead of half heartedly continuing in his position.

  6. 84Cat
    4:18 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    Let me say it again… Not one cent more from me until we all get an apology.

  7. Fan
    4:20 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    And if u hire a hack the we still r not coming you f’ing dbag
    Where is our apology for your comment yesterday

  8. Agreed
    3:22 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    #6. I agree not an riffing cent to FB or bb until Mitch apologies for his smart as$ remarks to fans

    Again f u c ) u Mitch

  9. ukhat
    3:22 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    In 2008, Dabo Swinney was not a house hold name. Now he is my favorite college football coach. He’s young, energetic, passionate, he can recruit, he knows alabama, south carolina, and georgia very well. I don’t care if it’s a big name or maybe one we are not familiar with. But please don’t get some sunbelt coach. A top notch assistant from SEC/BIG 10 country is what we need. Swinney would only leave Clemson for Alabama, and definitely never UK. But get somebody with his enthusiasm. And like Swinney, get somebody who has proven that they can beat Spurrier and Richt, etc.

    Kirby Smart, Dan Mullen, Todd Grantham, Gus Malzahn, Brent Venables, Luke Fickell

  10. Cats in the NBA
    3:24 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    I like the picture of Barnhart that they put in with that letter. What a prick.

  11. Trublufan
    3:24 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    We can all hate Barnhart for whatever reason but there is more proof of his solid job performance than not. He has brought UK athletics to a generally high level.. Just because you may not watch volleyball, girls basketball, baseball and even rifling doesn’t mean he has not done a good job. When all hell breaks lose.. We love Joker as a person and know he truly bleeds blue like no other coach we will ever get.. Barnhart did the right thing.. Now quit bitching as you got what you want and slap a smile on your face!

  12. carnifex
    3:25 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    Nice. Still no apology for being a douche. Hire Petrino, and STFU, Barney. Otherwise kiss my lily white derierre. No taxation without representation!

  13. Fan2
    3:26 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    There is nothing wrong with Mitch Barnhart. You people know nothing about being an athletic director and there probably aren’t many other athletic directors who could have made UK as successful as it is today. We want to be more than basketball and Mitch is making great strides to ensure that, like firing Joker. So give it a rest, morons.

  14. DZ4UK
    3:27 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    Sean Peyton just got let go by the Saints! Get on the phone NOW,!!!!!!!

  15. Mike
    3:28 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    In case you guys hadn’t noticed, the time changed last nite.

  16. Mitch Barnfart
    3:28 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    Thanks #11 I appreciate you real fans.

    3:28 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    I’d rather keep Joker than hire David Cutliffe. True story…f that guy!

  18. Women Everywhere
    3:29 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    Frank Solich

  19. bleedblue
    3:29 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    Totally agree #11………

  20. big Diesel
    3:31 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    Fan2=barnfart*s mom

  21. Women Everywhere
    3:32 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    1/ Also a great choice.

  22. istacy
    3:33 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    some sound very childish, we got what we wanted, I will attend my first game since last yr and support those boys who chose to come to UK! I felt sorry for them running out 19k has to be dishearting, as far as Mitch’s comments I didnt like it neither and felt he was certainly wrong but folks he had to hang on to the right time and I know most of you dont make 600k nor do I a yr, however the guy is human could you imagine being in his shoes and listening to TV, radio, emails, letters fans screaming at u every where you went with your family??? Catch 22 give him 2 yrs then who would want that risk? Fire him early in season who would come here for that risk? He let BG go after 2yrs if he did the same to Joker he would have got a bad reputation in the coaches world, this isnt a hot commody job here folks. Now he got it right after a horrible hire in BB lets hope he does the same in FB, if not then maybe he should be evalutated, I hire every day its not easy to predict the future folks when your not a KY basketball,or AL football.

  23. theSkinny81
    3:33 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    6 & 8 – keep your pennies – we’ll be fine without them.

    Moving on…..

  24. We Are The New Vandy
    3:33 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    #11 UK has the same rifle coach we had when he was hired by an AD not named Mitch Barnhart.

  25. barn
    3:34 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    lay off mitch. he’s done a great job at UK. football here is always going to be what it has been. we’ll never be a serious threat in the sec. the teams to the south of us in the heart of the sec have too big an advantage in recruiting. they have football tradition like we have basketball tradition

  26. moyockcat
    3:34 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    13, I agree 100%. People got their feelings hurt by a comment and so many people want MB gone but he has done a solid job in my opinion. We are already a laughing stock in football but what legitimate potential coach would come if MB had fired Joker mid season? MB knows what he is doing and wants to win in football as much as the rest of us.

  27. scott
    3:34 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    i cannot wait to see everyones soure as to who the coach will be

  28. davefromdagap
    3:34 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    Payton is dallas bound….

  29. Computer Blue
    3:34 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    We get scolded for not supporting Joker yesterday and now you fire him today?! That doesn’t strike you as hypocritical, Mitch?

  30. jarshoe
    3:35 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    As someone that worked in college athletics for over 10 years, overall, Barnhart has done an absolutely fantastic job. His hire of Brooks, though unpopular at the time, worked out very well and he had us going in the right direction for the first time (playing by the rules at least) since the 50’s. He’s made two bad hires, and they were big, but he (along with some help)corrected the basketball issue and I expect he will correct the football issue as well. We should know in a couple of weeks.

  31. JoeBFanClub
    3:40 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    Heck boys, let’s bring back Rich B. or Guy M. to coach the last two games…..we could have a reunion of all former KY Football Coaches who are alive……Curci, Curry, Mumme, Brooks, Morriss, Phillips etc….I don’t know if any other Div. 1 program in the country has so many former living football coaches now…LOL

  32. Bradley
    3:41 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    30. Mitch was shoved aside to get Cal. He had nothing to do with it. In fact, his lack of involvement is why we got Cal. Mitch has been a disaster making hires in revenue sports. Period.

  33. Hobo
    3:43 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    Do you think Mitch is sitting on the john in his picture. I know I do some of my best thinking there.

    If so, he needs to relax a little.

  34. DontCallMe
    3:43 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    Rex Ryan

  35. NextUKCoachtobefired
    3:44 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    Phil Fulmer…..I’m sure Joe Craft would love him…..they look like twin brothers….

  36. Holler Baller
    3:46 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    Does it matter? Will the next guy be any better? Thankful we have basketball.

  37. Kevin
    3:47 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    30-agreed. Also, i had hoped that when some resolution was reached MAYBE the individuals ppl post downright nasty (plus ignorant!!) comments my slow down. Unfortunatley it has not. I now do not blame Matt for wanting to shut the show thread down. The people can be downright sickening. Passion isto essential BBN but mindless, mis-directed anger should not be.

  38. jarshoe
    3:47 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    Joker potentially sitting out the last two games makes me think Tressel could be the number 1 target. He gets named coach now and can serve 2 of the 5 games he’s suspended this season.

  39. UL
    3:49 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    UL > pUKe, LOL!!!!

  40. UK Homer
    3:51 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    Barnhart has made it tough on us at times, but anyone who hires Calipari and turns around our Basketball program that quickly deserves credit. Few thought BCG would implode and not everyone loved Cal. Yeah, in hindsight it was a no-brainer, but you have to give credit where it’s due. Mitch more than made up for BCG/Tubby with Cal. He stuck with Brooks and gave us all those bowl games. He messed up by letting Brooks name Joker as HC, but that’s it.

  41. JVice
    3:51 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    So this means Mitch has something personal against joker?

  42. ukfan
    3:53 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    Barnhart has been much more successful running the UK program than not so why don’t all you negative fans get off your high horse and act like civil human beings!!! There is life besides UK sports believe it or not

  43. classof68
    3:54 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    Get rid of Brainfart. Ask Mike Pratt if he’s intersted in the job.

  44. Doug
    3:57 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    About time…!

  45. SLEEPY
    4:01 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    Chad Morris(Clem,OC), Sonny Dykes(LA TECH,HC), Kirby Smart(BAMA,DC), Mark Helfrich(ORE,OC), Mike Leach(WashSt.,HC), Jim Tressel(OSU,HC), Frank Wilson(LSU,Recruit Corr)????, Hal Mumme(Former UK HC)????. Any would be a great choice!

  46. Mummie
    4:02 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    Hey 23- y not stop being such a hooker and stop taking advantage of farm animals, I think that’s against the law, even in ky

  47. Roll Tide
    4:04 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    What did Barnyard say about the Fans?

  48. J A Brooks
    4:31 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    … So Mitch has just as much personal agenda as all the fans he hates?

    I’m happy he fired Joker Phillips but the way he did it in regards to the fans really puts a sour taste in my mouth. He finally got off his ass and fired the worst coach in America but made sure he took jabs at every UK fan that didn’t attend the 40-0 loss and any fan who wasn’t happy with Joker going so far as to say we weren’t real fans and that we had personal agendas.

    How in the F&*$ has he gotten away with this?

  49. J A Brooks
    4:32 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    41) touche LOL

  50. classof68
    4:41 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    47: Many UK fans (maybe most), think that Brainfart disrespected them as being racist because of the low attendance at the Vandy game. If the shoe fits…….

  51. fatkidineastky
    4:57 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    Letter to AD Barnhart,

    I am not a fan of wealth..yet I am part of BBN.I will spend my hard earned money cautiously….and I AM BBN. I do not have the expendable cash you or your friends do….yet I AM BBN. I do consider the expenditures I make under duress and after much thought…I AM BBN. I decided not to purchase tickets this season based on many factors that DID NOT INCLUDE THE PLAYERS. As a matter of fact, I cautioned purchasing three game set FOR OUR STUDENT ATHLETES….but decided to not spend the $ 400 bucks because of the product being purchased did not meet the price…and lastly….AS PART OF THE BBN….I will return to Commonwealth when this idiot of an AD places a Coach and staff in place that ALLOWS OUR STUDENT ATHELTES TO BE COMPETITIVE even if that is in losses.


    Not Your BBN BITCH

  52. J A Brooks
    5:09 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    47) He said the fans that didn’t attend the Vandy game were not real fans and that anyone who wanted Joker gone just had a personal agenda (as in we are racist for not wanting a black coach even though a lot of us wouldn’t mind seeing Willie Taggart get a shot)

    He also recently accused the fan base of being “microwave fans.”

    So basically he said we are bad fans who are possibly racist and who only support the program when its winning and even if we’re poor we have to go to the UK games unless we aren’t true fans.

  53. Russell Van Zant
    5:22 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    Do any of you ever wonder why so many fans from other schools in the state hate UK? Some of you so-called fans can’t even complete a sentence without using the most disgusting language you can think of. I know you can’t think of other words that are longer than 4 letters but good grief could you be a little more respectful to everyone else on the site? Mitch should not have said what he did by “calling out” the UK fans. It reminded me of CM Newton defending Bill Curry back in the “90’s. We lost some fans then too. But you fans who can so easily dish it out to Mitch in the worst language possible sure can’t take it when he makes one comment which hurts your feelings. Maybe you’re not as tough as you think you are either. I hope Mitch gets us a great coach and I also hope any future coach doesn’t read what some of our fans on this site have to say. They might change their minds about coming here.

  54. Bluehazedrhazle
    6:19 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    OK, enough said: what is the life expencay of a coach at UK ? 3-5 years we will be going through this again. The same smart mouths wanted Rich Brooks’s head at three years into his tenure!! What intelligent person would want to come into a negative fan base as we have knowing this is what I get if things don’t go well quickly? mr. Barnhart has a tough sell !

  55. Look at Me...Look at Me!
    6:30 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    Like many of you have indicated, why the picture? Teammates of the late Gary Carter (MLB catcher) used to call him I-ME (once a teammate counted how many times Carter said “I” or “Me” in an interview…something like 43 times). barnhart is no better…I used to reserve this thinking for tom jurich during the hiring of pitino. It was all about “I” and “me” with jurich. Personally, I believe a solid, high class, self-confident AD tries to stay out of the limelight and lets his/her coaches have the credit. Not barnhart. He sends a PICTURE of himself in an open letter? Wow. mitch I-ME barnhart…we don’t need you. Solid ADs are a dime – a – dozen, especially with the massive budgets that allow so many Assistant ADs to do the real work.

  56. True Story
    7:12 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    To all you mental giants who think that running the two money sports aground but making sure our ‘other’ sports stay up is a feather in our AD’s cap: Why not do ALL of it? Chew on this while you’re at it: Cardinals have good football, good basketball, soccer played NC a couple years ago, women’s BBall went to a final four, and they repeatedly beat our cats at those ‘other’ sports regularly. So if our AD is good for a championship Rifle Team, what’s that make Jurich?

    Having a good Yahtzee Team but looking like a bozo with the sports that actually make money (bball: BCG and his ‘letter of agreement’, Too-Long-Tubby, FBall: Joker) is juuuust stupid.

  57. The Joke was on Us
    8:42 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    #56 looks like you forgot the rest of the true story. Incase you missed it we just won #8. Our hoops team is in better shape then ever. Where UL women’s basketball teams success was centered more with 1 great player our women’s program is being built for the long haul. Really don’t think their is much of a comparison there. You bring up BCG but you fail to mention that the problem was rectified quickly. You bring up Tubby,but you left out just how sticky that situation was. So the facts are real easy when you leave half of them out.

  58. True Story
    9:37 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    57, you’re the one making excuses… are you Mitch?

  59. True Story
    9:41 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    BCG was not rectified quickly, took one season longer than it ought to, and a crap load of cash that shouldn’t have been paid because the dude didn’t have contract. Tubby wasn’t sticky AND he got a loyalty bonus on his way out the door. Football.. notice you didn’t defend him in football at all. As for women’s bball.. who… freakin’… cares????? I’m talking about MONEY SPORTS, not the crap that’s supported by MONEY SPORTS… +… and it kills me to say this… UofLoserville does pwn us on average in the ‘other’ sports. Care to see a list of what they beat us in this year? Mitch sucks.