Joker Phillips out at Kentucky

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Joker Phillips will not return as coach of the Kentucky football team after this season, the school announced Sunday.

Phillips, in his third season at Kentucky, is 12-23 with the Wildcats.

"Obviously our football program is not where we want it to be and we are all disappointed; coaches, players, administration and our fans," athletic director Mitch Barnhart said in an open letter to Big Blue Nation.

"After much conversation, evaluation and prayer, I have determined that it is in the best interest of our athletics program to make a change in our football coaching staff at the conclusion of the season."

Barnhart said a search for a new coach will begin immediately.

Kentucky lost Saturday to Vanderbilt to fall to 1-9 overall and 0-7 in the SEC. Vanderbilt's 40-point victory margin was its largest against the Wildcats in 96 years.

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