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Some thoughts on Phillips to UFlorida

(Photo credit: David Carr… not the quarterback. Maybe.)

After finding out he would be dismissed as Kentucky head coach, Joker Phillips said he had no plans to get right back into coaching. But, reports today surfaced that he would be hired by Florida as a Wide Receivers coach, effectively immediately. I, for one, am happy for Coach Phillips. Things didn’t end the way he wanted them to at his alma mater, but he will continue to get a chance to do what he loves down in Gainesville. Here are some of my initial thoughts of the hire by Will Muschamp.

It’s a great move. I’ve always loved the idea of former head coaches on a staff. Yes, they’ve failed at their former position, but that previous experience is invaluable. Whether you were able to do it or not, former coaches leave their previous position knowing what it takes to win. Stepping away from that situation allows you to reassess what worked, what didn’t, and how to make it work at the new place. The players benefit as well. Teams who have former head coaches on its staff always seem to be more disciplined (less penalties, less bonehead plays, good situational football). Having Phillips focus on molding Florida’s group of wide receiver could pay huge dividends for Muschamp in the 2013 season, not to mention the help it can have in recruiting.

Florida will probably beat Kentucky next year. Regardless of what scheme change new head coach Mark Stoops makes, Kentucky’s personnel won’t drastically change from this year to next. Besides a few more additions in 2013 recruiting class and maybe even junior college transfers, the core is set for next year. Nobody knows that core of players better than Phillips, so he and Florida will attack accordingly.

Phillips couldn’t shake the coaching itch. Coaching football is a way of life for Phillips. Initially, Phillips thought he wanted to take some time off to reflect and determine his next move, but he loves what he does, as anyone should, and decided against it. Shortly after his dismissal, Phillips told the media his goal throughout his coaching career was to not only make better football players, but make better men as well.


Phillips will now return to Commonwealth Stadium next year on September 28th as an enemy and not an ally. How weird is that?

Article written by Rashawn Franklin

34 Comments for Some thoughts on Phillips to UFlorida

  1. Kevin
    8:03 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    He couldn’t beat me might as well join em. Look forward to their WR dropping passes

  2. Geek
    8:05 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink


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  3. Bakert
    8:07 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    Uh, yes, Florida will beat UK next year. With or without any input from Joker. I’m pretty sure Muschamp hasn’t been sitting around since Stoops was hired wondering what he could do to get a leg up on Stoops at UK.

    I’m not being negative, only pointing out that our fanbase (the same one, btw, that led our freshmen basketball players to delete their Twitter accounts) needs to be realistic. If Stoops can get us to just being respectable next year that will be a major improvement. Lets start thinking about beating UF in four or five years.

  4. lawnorder
    8:07 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    Joker to Florida, Tubby’s fault…Damn Tubby

  5. tyson
    8:08 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink


    Please tell me you don’t believe anything a coach says right before he gets hired or right after he gets fired (or much in between). They rarely if ever tell the truth. Joker had been approached during the season for a couple of possible openings as an HC in FBS conferences and OC is a mid major. I’m surprised he took the UF wide receivers position, especially since Muschamp is on semi-shaky ground. I wonder what his pay will be?

  6. Geek
    8:10 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    2) Fail. ಠ_ಠ

  7. HicksPickSix
    8:15 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    Last time I checked no one was either interested in or cared what Rashawn Franklin thought. Stick to reposting someone else’s article.

  8. JBR
    8:15 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    Wow, a wide receivers coach. I hope they plan to run bubble screens a lot, because that is about the only pass route that Joker knows.

  9. Bradley
    8:19 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    Joker WILL be the reason Florida beats Kentucky next year. Not because he’s there, but because he was here.

  10. Art Bell
    8:19 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    East of the Rockies go a head.

  11. edrnm
    8:19 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    Well good will be easier of our “young DB’s” to cover UF’s soon to be lousy WR’s!

  12. UKBlue
    8:21 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    Muschamp will be fired within the next 3 years, so Joker getting hired by Florida is irrelevant.

  13. SmartAsHell
    8:25 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    #4, who in the hell is Tubby.

  14. John Ellis
    8:26 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    The ugliness unabated. It’s falling up I’m afraid. Like many ex-UK coaches Joker is likely to end up in a much better job eventually. Just not a football hotbed, this state. So stop bashing him, he’s gone.

  15. John Ellis
    8:28 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    PS SAH – Tubby is coaching a better team than Cal is, at the moment. Hopefully that will change.

  16. Mitch
    8:35 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    Trust me fans.he’ll bring the negative Mary Jo karma he brought our program and Florida will suck like we have since they hooked up.

  17. SeaCat
    8:40 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    Please, no more ex football coaches!!
    Because they are so pathetic you can’t make fun of them.

    Billy G, you can make fun of…
    Pitino you can rip…

    This site is supposed to be funny, you make fun
    of superior people, not weak inferiors…

  18. Bradley
    8:48 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    15. Gopher board that way——-> Maybe we can meet Tubby in the NCAA Tourney and settle it on the court if he ever gets them in the tourney.

  19. Joe
    8:49 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    I’m tired of the Joker Love…
    Ok, I’m sorry it didn’t work out, but not because of joker. I’m sorry because I’m an UK fan! We went 2-10 this season, when we cold have easily gone 6-6 or even 7-5 (at a stretch). Why didn’t we…JOKER and his coaching staff.

    So could we just get off the Joker Love-fest, “Oh he’s so classy.” “We wish him the best.” I don’t wish bad things for him, I don’t want his marriage to end, or his family to be struck by cancer, or that he be forced be reduced to penury by bad Gillispie-like investments, but I really don’t wish good for him either…

    He was a BAD HEAD COACH at Kentucky! I’m glad he’s gone. And I really don’t care where he ends up or what he ends up doing.

    And why do you guyz? Because wee “like” him, he was classy? Beeeg Deel, as the Black ‘Lectroid would say, he failed, he’s gone, good riddance.

  20. Earl
    8:52 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    What a statement, Florida beats KY every year. And always will, because it’s a FOOTBALL school people. KY is a basketball school….

  21. SeaCat
    8:54 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    you make fun of ‘superior’ people
    and best of all, those who think they are
    UK football has been so weak, the last
    arrogant coach was Bear Bryant.

  22. Theory of Comedy
    9:04 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    17,21) WTF are you talking about SeaCat?
    ? we can no longer make fun of the Joke, but we can Billy G.??

  23. KT
    9:10 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    It didn’t work out here for him at HC but I’ve followed him for years and he’s a good coach who I was surprised transitioned so poorly to being the head guy. I’m not surprised he is taking this job though. It’s an easy well paying gig in the sunshine state. Heck it will be at least a year’s vacation for him and his family out of the spotlight and relatively stress free. He will end up in a bigger OC job or even get a second chance at HC somewhere down the road if he wants it.

  24. carl spackler
    9:28 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    10…Art, the Easter Bunny, Bigfoot & Area 51 say, “Waaazzzzzuuuuppp!?!”

  25. Bradley
    10:05 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    10. Gree-tings earth-ling.

  26. Kev
    10:24 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    Florida must’ve thought their wide receivers played too well this season. Get ready for more balls to drop than a group of teenage boys.

  27. Big O
    11:23 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    Florida will “probably” beat KY next year! Franklin is being nice today. Must be close to Christmas.

  28. J Jones
    1:35 am December 4, 2012 Permalink

    I am happy for joker I was hoping he would find another job soon. This way he gets to come home and visit old friends.

  29. Beavis
    6:54 am December 4, 2012 Permalink

    I am glad he found a new job. Do we still have to pay that gentleman 2.5 million dollars ? On second thought,,,,lets go ahead and pay him so he is one of the few not on the government dole.

  30. Big Whoop
    7:07 am December 4, 2012 Permalink

    I’m glad Joker landed on his feet, albeit a lesser job. Regardless of his record here, he’s still one of ours and should be treated as such. I wish him well. Bygones should be bygones. He just wasn’t ready to be a HC at this level of competition. He’ll get back to being a decent OC somewhere and he may wind up as a HC at a mid-major.

  31. asdf
    8:11 am December 4, 2012 Permalink

    Maybe it’s all about Joker finding his level of competence. There’s no doubt that he failed as a head coach. Badly. But at the same time, it’s also undeniable that he was previously a very good WR coach and recruiter for multiple schools. And as an OC, he was at one time the hottest commodity in the country. So he’s a very good assistant coach, and he’s a very, very good coordinator. He’s just not good as the head coach. I see him settling in as an OC somewhere and staying at that level, where he excels, for a very long time and having a prosperous rest of his career.

  32. CatCall
    9:16 am December 4, 2012 Permalink

    How I see it….

    Muschamp: “Joker, we have Kentucky in a couple of weeks. What are some the tendencies of the starters?”
    Joker: “I’m not sure.”
    Muschamp: “Why the $%$# not?”
    Joker: “I didn’t play THOSE guys.”
    Muschamp: “Screw it, it won’t matter anyway”

  33. Joker will laugh last
    9:44 am December 4, 2012 Permalink

    After reading idiotic comments like a lot of these about a really good guy, I, as a lifelong UK fan, cannot wait for Joker to come back to UK and help hang 9 touchdowns on UK. Although he’d never do it, I’d love to see him walk off the field after FL’s 63-3 victory next year and flip a bird to the ignorant segment of UK’s fanbase in Commonwealth. All the comments about Joker not being able to coach WR’s are factually incorrect. He failed as HC at UK. Big deal, so have ALL the UK coaches in the last 60 years. He left after a bad season, but he left with class and character, something few of you exemplify.

  34. Mike Ezell
    9:55 am December 4, 2012 Permalink

    Ok Joker was not a good head coach for us, but I am glad that he is landing on his feet. Congrats, Joker!!!