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Source tells KSR that resignation rumors are false

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.”

Discuss amongst yourselves.

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87 Comments for Source tells KSR that resignation rumors are false



  1. James K
    4:30 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    It means BleedBlue is trying to draw in hits at an opportune time, and I’m never going to go there, as a result.



  2. The Source
    4:31 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    I’m about as accurate as the economic numbers.



  3. UK Fan
    4:31 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    Damn!!! Somebody please resign…Joker…Barnhart….somebody.



  4. nassau65
    4:31 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    a source, huh? now where else can we get that?



  5. UKBlue
    4:33 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    We couldn’t be that lucky. Someone is lying, only time will tell.



  6. The Source
    4:33 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    KSR, I expect more from you. Stop spreading RUMORS!!!!!



  7. Somebody's Source Sucks
    4:35 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    Wow, can you people get your stories straight???



  8. nassau65
    4:35 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    a source also told me i would soon be inheriting millions from a Nigerian prince.



  9. How stupid is joker
    4:36 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    He needs to resign or we are going to end up with a lame coach. How ignorant is this administration. Joker do yourself a favor and resign man. Damn people are so stupid especially mitch Barnhart.



  10. Grandpa Brooks
    4:37 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    If only the rumors were TRUE! His resignation or firing can’t come soon enough!!!! He has totally destroyed the UK Football program!!!!



  11. Joker Phillips
    4:38 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    Hey guys, I am going to resign… No need to lean on other sources because I’m telling you right now, right here on KSR that I’m out as head football coach at UK.



  12. dave
    4:38 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    Jokey won’t have to worry about resigning.



  13. The Gambler
    4:39 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    Well … it’s going to happen one way or the other, whether they talked about it now or they talk about it later.

    You can’t escape the inevitable



  14. Joker Phillips
    4:40 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    No wait, I was just told that I’m not going to resign so disregard the previous remark… like in football, I have no clue what I’m doing or talking about. Carry on!



  15. CNN Says
    4:44 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    Obama is winning Ohio by 84%, Florida by 91% and Virginia by 104%



  16. The Fake Source
    4:47 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    KSR = Known Source Reject



  17. Hal
    4:49 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    joker shouldn’t be canned right now. if we had a guarantee from tressel then MAYBE consider.
    the UK football HC job is bad enough already without the perception that the next coach will only have 2 years to win or get fired.



  18. catlogic15
    4:51 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    #8 Awesome.

    Don’t let starving blogs mandate a reaction from us. When Joker is let go, it won’t be until after the last game. We’re not important enough to fire a coach mid-season and Mitch wouldn’t do it that way anyway.



  19. sam
    4:51 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    I have lost all respect for this website. Also how about we remove the pic of Joker crying with Mitch. That was the day he was hired and it was emotional for a lifer



  20. Isaac in Long Beach
    4:51 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    All you people attempting to blast KSR for posting “false information” need to realize that it wasn’t “their” sources that broke the original story, it was a different Kentucky sports blog, and KSR just reported it. They then checked with “their” sources who refuted the info. I don’t get how this is a problem to anybody. KSR is doing what NO other news sources do: posting all sides to a story. I guess the only way to explain the idiots complaining is “haters gonna hate.”



  21. GoBigBlue
    4:54 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    Joker never had a chance. There is no way a 1st time head coach can be successful in the SEC. I feel bad for Joker and know he did his best, but he was not prepared for the job and we do not have time to wait for him to figure it out.



  22. KCK
    4:55 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    Seems to me that KSR needs to get their faycts straight before they go posing things.



  23. Isaac in Long Beach
    4:55 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    I mean, come on.

    From the original post:
    “This is all from BleedBlueKentucky.com so believe what you will, but it is something KSR wanted to pass along.”

    In the original post it even says it may not be true.



  24. sam
    4:56 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    #20 considering that sports site is more up to date with football than this site. And have broken stories already this year before the others break them



  25. Rae
    4:57 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    Let the fun begin! I wonder if I can find a nice door to stare at.



  26. farmy75
    4:57 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    @20 This is how KSR was built, taking other places information and reporting it.
    99% of the time it works fine. But when they mis-read or the information is incorrect the back tracking and finger pointing begins.

    If KSR had checked/confirmed with a “source” before posting an unsubstantiated rumor from another sites MESSAGE BOARD this wouldn’t have been an issue. /boom



  27. yeap
    4:57 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    20 dude you havent been around KSR much have you



  28. Isaac in Long Beach
    4:57 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    24 – Exactly why people need to lay off KSR.



  29. Karl
    4:57 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    #21. How’s that first time head coach working out for mississippi state and Florida. Dumbass



  30. good lord
    4:58 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    What a mess. On the one hand, it doesn’t seem like Matt has any strong football sources now that Tee Martin is gone. Meaning, anyone he would approach who would be knowledgeable about the football situation would be someone higher up, or on the basketball side of things- people who are interested in damage control. On the other hand, this could easily be a grab for more $ on Cordero’s part. But, Cordero clearly has sources that are willing to slip him news even if it is bad / scandalous (e.g. the Sanders / Cobbins story). Who knows, maybe I am underestimating Matt’s sources w/r/t football. What a big clusterf***… all over a lame duck coach that everyone knows won’t be here in a few months anyway.



  31. sam
    4:58 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    Also now Matt has ran with this story that was supposed to be donor info only. And now UK is denying it.



  32. sam
    4:58 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    #28 that made no sense



  33. the point is
    4:59 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    #20 The point is that KSR should have checked with “their” scource BEFORE running with this crap, not AFTER. Its a problem because its adding fuel to a fictitious fire and that’s b/s. Whatever happens will happen when it happens, and nothing is going to happen until season’s end. So why post all the UNVERIFIED b/s???? VERIFY THEN POST, NOT POST THEN VERIFY!!



  34. Isaac in Long Beach
    5:00 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    26/27 – You guys are joking, right? I’ve been posting under one name or another for at least 5 years. So yeah, I am well aware of how KSR works. So, if you’re aware how KSR works, why complain when they post something that turns out not to be accurate, ESPECIALLY when they say it might not be accurate in the original post? Your logic is illogical.

    “/boom” I guess



  35. sam
    5:01 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    #34 I am guessing you didn’t read the post on the other site. If you did you would see KSR flubbed this up as they did this morning



  36. yeap
    5:02 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    UK cannot come out and support a rumor on some blog….. its probably all true but they are going to attempt to handle it the right way. And Jones will probably take full credit for breaking the story!



  37. Isaac in Long Beach
    5:02 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    Jesus. Logic seems to be escaping some of you so I’ll ise caps.

    IT’S A SPORTS BLOG. IT POSTS INFO FROM OTHER SPORTS BLOGS. SOMETIMES THAT INFO IS INCORRECT. IF YOU CAN’T ACCEPT THAT, QUIT READING IT.



  38. sam
    5:03 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    #36 Exactly. And that isn’t right. Jones and Cordero are going at it on Twitter about it right now



  39. Isaac in Long Beach
    5:03 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    use*



  40. sam
    5:03 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    #37 you are beyond clueless



  41. Isaac in Long Beach
    5:05 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    35 – I tried, but it appears to have been removed.



  42. yeap
    5:05 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    i guess



  43. Isaac in Long Beach
    5:07 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    Ok, 40. You win. I’m clueless. At least I’m not getting butthurt about a story that turned out to be incorrect. Mostly because I don’t expect to believe everything I read.



  44. yeap
    5:08 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    This is how it always starts….. Jones tries to bash another site for having sources, they come back and say it isnt true, nerd fight starts…. and then jones will ask his KSR bloggers in some form to attack the other web site. KSR used to be the only game in town that didnt charge for info and it drew a lot of people to the site, now he has some competition that has better sources and MJ isnt happy!



  45. GoBigBlue
    5:08 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    29. No need to call someone a dumbass for making a comment. I would think Muschamp’s experience does not compare to Joker with stops at LSU under Saban, then asst. head coach and def coordinator for Miami Dolphins before taking positions at Auburn and Texas. As far as Dan Mullen he came along with Urban Meyer all the way back to his days at Bowling Green. Once again extensive experience at multiple universities that escalated to Florida and finally his position at Miss St. I would not even begin to compare those to Joker and his journey. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on my comments though



  46. sam
    5:10 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    #35 are you a donor on that board? Because if you aren’t you are SOL



  47. yeap
    5:11 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    ksr’s source says another websites source is wrong LOL



  48. Basketball Sense Not Common Sense
    5:16 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    Why blast a site for saying that there are unconfirmed rumors about something?… KSR did not say that there was any truth to the rumor and in fact questioned the validity of the rumor. How is this irresponsible reporting? If you can’t read something like that and tell that the claim does not carry much weight, then you shouldn’t get on the internet. KSR is a site that gives out free information. If you need someone to censor the information. Don’t check it if you don’t like what you read. Sit at home and wait for ESPN to report on the matter (although they won’t b/c UK football is largely irrelevant). KSR does a good job of reporting balanced and reliable information (better than most of the other blog sites). I love UK sports and get angered when people stereotype UK fans as being uneducated. However, when you look through the comment sections of our fan websites, you can make a compelling argument that some of our fans are not the brightest….



  49. sam
    5:19 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    This was privileged information on a donor board of another site. It should never have gotten to KSR unless somebody told. Plus this site is about 85 percent basketball and 15 percent football anyway. I dont come here to get my football knowledge I go to the other site.



  50. Isaac in Long Beach
    5:25 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    49 – In my original statement, the one you said didn’t make any sense, I said that there was nothing wrong with KSR posting info from another site, especially one that you say is reliable enough that that’s where you get your football info from. Something doesn’t add up here.



  51. Pioneer
    5:29 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    KSR continues to piss away its credibility!



  52. rainy day
    5:33 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    I don’t get. So many are posting and complaining about KSR. If you don’t like it move on. Pretty damn simple. Privileged information on a donor board?! Now that’s funny.



  53. MYOLDKENTUCKYHOME
    5:41 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    Joker resigning makes no sense…he is under contract and if we fire him he still gets paid…why would he quit and pass up that money?



  54. Joe
    5:42 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    Get real. No coach is going to resign 4 games into the season. Joker will finish out the season, go 2-9, and he will take a severance package and leave. No news here today. Meanwhile, everyone needs to boycott the football games to get the message through the thick skull of the dumb a** athletic director.



  55. Say WHAT!!!
    5:42 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    #45 – Slow down big guy. Joker has as much, if not more overall experience than either one of the coaches you’re talking about. He’s simply not cut out to be a head coach at this level. Period. Coach Brooks handed him a program that was winning 6 – 7 games plus Bowl Games and Joker has managed to destroy that in less than three years. It’s not like we were on probation when he took over. The program had some momentum and Joker has all but killed it. Bad hires on the staff (I’m looking at you Rick Minter) and overall terrible game planning. He has to go at season’s end.



  56. @22226r648eowp1
    5:48 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    what joker needs to do is put 2 half backs out at once one being newton (he can pass it every now and then) but manly to run and to confuse the (D) that would open up some awesome play action passes to (witch Smith seems to be OK at…’ some one help me get this to joker it could help a lot



  57. Dale in Orlando
    5:56 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    I love KSR



  58. Math is difficult
    6:02 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    #54) I’m not just calling you out, but you are one of the many people that says we are going to go 2-9. Last time I checked there’s 12 games in a season, 2+9 = 11, dear lord people this math thing is way too difficult!



  59. Nails
    6:05 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    It’s irresponsible to post an unsubstantiated rumor and pass the buck to someone else. Either you stand by the content on your site or you don’t post it. Ultimately, posting bad info hurts credibility, which is a shame because Matt has worked very heard to build the site into (nearly) a legit media outlet.



  60. Joe
    6:09 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    Ok #58, 3-9. Get a life, dumb a**.



  61. UK#1
    6:13 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    Cats will go 3-9. Will beat Samford and one SEC team. Still not enough to save Joker’s job.



  62. JRupp
    6:17 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    KSR is playing fast and loose with language and that is only exacerbating the problem.

    By referring to other blog posts as “reports,” it is getting itself into a heap of trouble.

    KSR isn’t a place to read “reports” from “reporters” and neither is BBK. It is a collection of “posts” from “writers.” There’s a big difference there, and I think Jones recognizes it as he never talks about this site’s “reports” or “reporters.” He always says “posts” by “writers.”

    “Reports” has elevated this already dumb tidbit to a more serious level of discussion without reason to do so. Great job, KSR



  63. Sgt E
    6:18 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    Well of course they are going to deny it.
    But that it’s being talked about still makes the program look bad



  64. msnbc
    6:20 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    We would like to acknowledge the high level of journalism that ksr provides.



  65. smoke / fire
    6:25 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    Where there is smoke, there is fire. FIRE JOKER, NOW. Of course someone got info about ‘this’ – but OF COURSE everyone is going to deny it. That is how this stuff works.

    NOW, mitch needs to sack up and get us THE coach, not ‘a’ coach.
    (The coach is someone that can move us up the ladder, ‘a’ coach is someone like joker, a dude that is a space filler.)



  66. Special Ed
    6:27 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    How could someone boycott the football games……….That is just crazy and those players whom are nothing more than kids need our support, its not their fault. It’s no wonder we cant get the high profile recruits that everyone drools over when we throw them to the dogs over things that is TOTALLY OUT OF THEIR CONTROL!! I say lets all get rowdy tomorrow and every game this season, let the people who get paid to make changes make them at the end of the year.



  67. shannon
    6:45 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    To bad we get what we pay for, jokers a joke period. So one millionaire tells the other i got your back. uk football will always be the redheaded stephchild as long as two use too are thier.Through out the bums



  68. michael gray
    6:51 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    Sam must work at the other site or be related to someone haha



  69. michael gray
    6:54 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    #67 wait what?



  70. JBR
    7:06 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    I would say there is something to that rumor…only because BBK are such Joker ass kissers…I find it hard to believe that they would write anything negative about him unless there were something to it.



  71. nassau65
    7:46 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    lemme guess, they were #wrong on purpose?



  72. Kentucky Gentleman
    7:50 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    Isn’t Barnhart saying they will make the next football coach the highest paid in the country kind of saying Joker is gone at the end of the season anyway? It doesn’t matter if he resigns.



  73. Petrino
    7:53 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    I could sure use a job.



  74. Posers
    7:55 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    So sick and tired of these commenters who come on KSR bashing this site. If you don’t like it, get your hap
    py backside off the site. Most of the bitchin’ and mis-info comes from the same few guys from a rival site anyway. I’m sick and tired of seeing this crap. Steve/Scott, whoever, we see you. Too bad we’re still not visiting YOUR site. o



  75. that guy
    8:18 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    #74 – Are you on the payroll -OR- do you think matt is hot -OR- both???

    You must be a liberal – someone elses fault, always! We all get the “most ridiculous manner” crap – but we still expect honest information and the occasional first hand reporting (as opposed to linking and stealing everyone elses info).



  76. kramer
    8:57 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    Attention Mitch Barnhart and UK BOT, please contact Petrino about the Head coaching job, some of us fans are both football and basketball fans, we would like both programs to succeed!!



  77. Posers
    9:13 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    #75 Neither, sick & tired of seeing this bash every few posts. If people really think KSR is that bad they’re not going to continue coming to the site. Makes me think there’s an ulterior motive. I don’t come to KSR expecting them to
    be hard core sports reporters. It is what it is, they gather info so I don’t have to visit a bunch of other sites and thedo it in a humorous way. I didn’t see anything dishonest today. They mentioned the Bleed Blue stuff and even yqualified it by saying they didn’t know if it was true and then said they were told it8 wasn’t. What’s the problem?



  78. Rumori Mills
    9:28 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    I heard from my cousin who talked to his brother the other day, and he said that his brother’s best friend’s wife’s brother said that Calipari was going to go to the NBA next season.



  79. Kelly
    9:35 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    I think the fact that UK actually addressed the issue shows that there’s something to it. Damage control.



  80. JulieJ
    9:46 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    Poor Matt and Drew, damned if they do and damned if they don’t., Love the site guys, keep up the ghost work.



  81. Not Sam
    11:11 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    SAM, bleedbluekentucky has become trash over the past few months. Nothing but baseless rumors that a UT frat boy would try to butt chug.



  82. Kevin
    9:07 am September 29, 2012 Permalink

    81, I disagree. I really like Aaron’s site and have followed it for years. It’s the only site you can get any reliable information about the football team on a regular basis. He’s been wrong once or twice over the years but he’s been right 90% of it. Wasn’t it somebody posting to his site that started the rumor anyway?



  83. Done and Dead.
    9:27 am September 29, 2012 Permalink

    HOW ABOUT A HATE JOKER DAY.



  84. ktmiln2
    9:51 am September 29, 2012 Permalink

    Donor board? Privileged information? What an idiot.



  85. ktmiln2
    9:52 am September 29, 2012 Permalink

    82- Cordero has been wrong more than twice this week.



  86. ukcat58
    11:32 am September 29, 2012 Permalink

    Everyone knows the Joke is gone – sooner than later so we can get the recruiting going – As bad as Arkansas and Vandy seems to be going, they WILL beat us – our only hope is Samford and I would not bet against them – so we go 1-11 or 2-10 – OMG Why would the Joke stay through this disaster – He will strike a deal with Mitch to resign and get $2M to walk away – The Joke experiment has put us 10 years in the hole



  87. LUVFBALLGAL
    4:44 pm September 29, 2012 Permalink

    We need to fire him now so we can get a jump on all the other schools who fire their coach at end of season. At this point, I’d take a high school coach!!! It’s disgraceful that we went from beating LSU no. 1 in nation at the time to this…how many more season ticket holders does it take😭😂😥😢