Today I am thankful for Joker Phillips and his many contributions to the University of Kentucky and it's football program, first as a student-athlete and then in several capacities on it's football coaching staff.
Phillips released a statement earlier this evening after the news broke that he would not be returning as head coach next season. It read in part: ''I am very appreciative of Mitch Barnhart and Rich Brooks for providing the opportunity to have been the head coach here. I appreciate the Big Blue Nation and encourage the fans to stay behind their team going forward.''
Joker, you are a true class act and will always be a part of Big Blue Nation and UK Football lore. Thanks for the memories!