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Already on the hot seat: Joker Phillips

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08:22 AM ET 06.25 | Without being unkind, Kentucky football isn't exactly Kentucky basketball. [Kentucky's] football program faces many challenges trying to compete in the mighty Southeastern Conference. It could use a new -- or at least renovated -- football stadium to keep up. There's that fancy "recruiting room" many other schools have and for which Wildcats fans clamor. The absence of winning [doesn't help]. ... Some say it's already time for a new coach, just two years into the Joker Phillips era. While some or even all those things might help, UK football faces one simpler truth that isn't changing any time soon: among states that house SEC programs, the state of Kentucky produces by far the least talent and is farthest away from most of the talent-wealthier states.

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June 25, 2012  09:09 AM ET

They should make a play for Brian Kelly, he will be available around xmas.

June 25, 2012  09:11 AM ET

LOL, I guess the guy is a joke......

June 25, 2012  09:12 AM ET

Football is a lot harder to build a program in. Basketball you can get one good player and it turns the whole program around.

June 25, 2012  09:12 AM ET

Its just a place to watch other teams, and tailgate. Lexington is sad.

June 25, 2012  09:13 AM ET
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Football is a lot harder to build a program in. Basketball you can get one good player and it turns the whole program around.

I agree, and Notre Dame does too.

June 25, 2012  09:14 AM ET

The AD at KY. should know by now he is like the cream in a oreo cookie sandwich between UT and SC. There search needs to look at a young coach in a lower division who can recruit and bring him there and grow with him.

June 25, 2012  09:20 AM ET

If they keep churning through coaches they'll never make any progress.

June 25, 2012  09:25 AM ET

Kentucky's football program should siphon some of the money that the basketball team uses to pay players and get some big time recruits.

June 25, 2012  09:33 AM ET

Kentucky is a basketball school in a football conference. Football coaches always have gotten the short shrift; the good ones move on (remember someone named Bryant who coached there sixty or so years ago?) or get kicked out.

June 25, 2012  09:37 AM ET

As you can see from the vast number of comments, the importance and relevance of Kentucky football............................

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June 25, 2012  10:08 AM ET

What amazes me is how much Joker Philips looks like Calipari.....

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June 25, 2012  10:30 AM ET
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Why the pic of Cal and not Joker, oh, that's right, this is KY (the basketball school).

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