Former UK coach Joker Phillips resigns from Florida

June 11, 2014 

Former University of Kentucky football coach Joker Phillips resigned his position as wide receivers coach at Florida on Wednesday.

Phillips was hired by Florida in December 2012 after spending the previous 10 seasons on Kentucky's staff.

He compiled a 13-24 record as the Wildcats head coach from 2010-12 before being replaced by Mark Stoops. Phillips was offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach for seven seasons under Rich Brooks.

In a statement released by the school, Phillips cited "personal reasons" as the cause of his departure from Florida.

"I'm thankful for the opportunity that the University of Florida and Will Muschamp provided to me and my family, but at this time I have decided to step down from my position on the UF coaching staff for personal reasons,'' Phillips said.

Florida lost its final seven games and finished 4-8 last season, the school's worst record since 1979.

Phillips was a standout at Franklin-Simpson High School before playing for Kentucky from 1981-84. He was also on the Wildcats staff from 1988-96.

Former Florida quarterback Chris Leak will take over as the school's receivers coach.

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