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Former Kentucky football coach Joker Phillips hired by Ohio State

Kentucky athletics director Mitch Barnhart talks with former UK coach Joker Phillips when Phillips was an assistant coach at Florida in 2013.
Kentucky athletics director Mitch Barnhart talks with former UK coach Joker Phillips when Phillips was an assistant coach at Florida in 2013. Lexington Herald-Leader

Former Kentucky head football coach Joker Phillips has been hired as a quality control coach for the offense at Ohio State.

WKYT was the first to report Phillips’ hiring, which was confirmed by the Columbus Dispatch.

A wide receiver and assistant coach at UK on two different occasions, Phillips was promoted to head coach in 2010. His teams went 13-26 over three seasons, including 4-20 in the SEC, before Phillips was fired with two games remaining in the 2012 season. Kentucky did reach the BBVA Compass Bowl in 2010.

Phillips was an assistant coach at Florida under Will Muschamp in 2013 before resigning after allegedly having contact with a recruit during an NCAA dead period.

Phillips was wide receivers coach with the Cleveland Browns last season. After head coach Mike Pettine was fired at the end of the year, Phillips was not retained by new head coach Hue Jackson.

According to the Dispatch, “As a quality control coach at OSU, (Phillips) won’t have any on-field duties but likely will assist in pre-game preparations such as opponent video breakdowns, assessing statistical and play-calling trends, watching video of possible prospects and other such duties.”

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