Posted: 2:49 pm Friday, June 13th, 2014

Sources: Joker Phillips forced out after violations 

By Andy Johnston

Reports: Florida WRs coach Joker Phillips resigned after committing violations. (AP photo)

Reports: Florida WRs coach Joker Phillips resigned after committing violations. (AP photo)

Joker Phillips said he resigned as receivers coach at Florida for personal reasons.

We know personal reasons often mean something just the opposite. Yahoo! Sports is reporting that Phillips, the former coach at Kentucky, resigned “after the NCAA received a photo of the coach sitting in a restaurant with a high school recruit during a mandated dead period in recruiting.”

Yahoo! Sports cited three sources who said a person with “ties to the Miami Hurricanes” turned in Phillips.

Orlando Sentinel columnist Mike Bianchi also offered his take on Phillips’ resignation.

Here’s part of the Yahoo! Sports story:

Two sources told Yahoo Sports that the encounter was described to the NCAA as a violation of the “bump rule” – a scenario in which a coach unexpectedly comes across a recruit and has an impermissible dialogue. Such an instance is considered a secondary violation by the NCAA. However, the violation can graduate to something more serious if the contact between a coach and recruit is premeditated or arranged – such as a dinner or social gathering – in which the coach would be deemed to be purposefully violating the recruiting dead period.

Phillips resigned Wednesday after working at Florida’s football camp that morning. He coached at Florida for one year after three seasons at Kentucky from 2010-12 and was replaced by former Gators QB Chris Leak.

Leak is the Gators’ third WRs coach in as many seasons.

Phillips replaced Aubrey Hill, who also resigned for personal reasons after Yahoo! Sports detailed “his illicit contact with recruits while he was at the University of Miami.”

78 comments
TheD1Guru
TheD1Guru

I am saddened by the fact that Joker Phillips had to bite the dust for violating the bump rule. I am encouraged that one of his peers or maybe even a fan turned him in to the NCAA. Wrong is wrong and of course he knew what was at risk when he sat down in the restaurant. Don't cry too hard for Joker though. He was making about $450K to coach WRs at UF and still was being paid by UK. Yes the Gators are struggling but Joker will land on his feet.  UF will open by midseason this year and Muschamp will be gone.  Muschamp is in way over his head like so many other unprepared, not ready, so called hot coaches are and will be when they get the opportunity to be a HFC. 

BSNBC
BSNBC

Florida still got a football team? Muschamp forever!

BCB
BCB

He took the fall for Muschamp. Major recruiting violations are on the way for UF. Muchamp is on a slippery slope.

TampGator1
TampGator1

Poetic justice......Florida today flipped a previously Miami committed defensive back.  Payback is sweet. 

BamabackerinMiddleGA
BamabackerinMiddleGA

 To all DogNation including Alternative, Hot, Midtown, Keen, AR, NC, Moist and my own fellow BamaNation including WB, I sincerely apologize for the MORONIC statements I have generated to date.  I am completely embarrassed and disappointed with the responses I've posted.  I've attempted to remove ALL the statements to this point on my own, but for some reason, my computer's shock wave player continues to fail sporadically so if there are any I miss it is not from lack of trying.  And ABSOLUTELY NO, I'm not looking for any response or seeking ANY ATTENTION what-so-ever.  And to KEEN, I have an Earthly father I don't communicate much with, but am proud of as he is a retired Vietnam Vet and Selma, AL Police Officer.  But TODAY, ironically on Father's Day, I found my one true FATHER once again after 20+ years of missing out on Him.  God is Glorious and welcomed me back to his side after so many years of straying from His Path.  But not any more.  So, GOD BLESS TO ALL and PRAYING ALL OF YOU FIND THE PEACE AND SERENITY THAT HAS ENVELOPED MY HEART AND SPIRIT.  Good Luck to you, your family and team.  Sincerely TimH   

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

Tampa Gator...Foley is a top flight AD.  A guy like Joker may have some free rein in both coaching and recruiting.  I doubt CWM had any knowledge of this violation prior to it happening.

POAD2014
POAD2014

If you ain't cheating while coaching in the SEC you ain't going to last too long but when you get caught they have to fire you.

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

After re-reading the headline of this story; it poses the question that this is not one violation but violation(s) committed.  Seems plausible, 'in for a penny, in for a pound'!  More to follow is my guess.

slydawg
slydawg

If you fire assistant coaches for recruiting violations, you may as well fire the head coach as well. How did the assistant coach get the resources and the permissions to commit to any action? From the HC and the AD. Simple as that. It's all about who gets caught.

ARdawg
ARdawg

That is a shame. Joker Phillips is a class act and a good coach. Obviously head coaching didn't work out for him but his players loved him. A rule is a rule but the bump rule in BS even if prearranged. I am starting to favor forget the student athlete platform and forget the NCAA which gets rich off the concept. This rule does nothing but protect the NCAA's revenue stream. I state this as an unwavering Georgia fan and yes, I hate the Gators

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

Peaches....I do get your point and on the surface it does seem like something that HC would consider.  If it does happen, the AD and Univ. President should get their resume tightened up and ready to be sent out because they know their days are numbered at Uof L.

Peachs
Peachs

Joker will end up in Louisville and whoever he was talking to at that restaurant will end up there too. 

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

gtcaryd....Joker may have a tougher time getting a job than you think.  Just 2 mons before camp opens is not good timing.  Major infraction on your resume will keep some, not all, away.  And that $500,000 per year he used to command as an assistant in the SEC, is now all gone. That was a big mistake on his part and very costly one also.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

Joker won't be out of work long, if somebody will hire Petrino i think Joker will be fine. Hey, face it Joker You f$$# up.

Delusionaldog
Delusionaldog

tampa is playing defense


Not a good posture


Portend of another horrendous season

FreddyT
FreddyT

It's hard to keep up with GA Southern

DawginCO
DawginCO

Just a sad deal all around.

BCB
BCB

UF cheats and still sucks. Joker was the fall guy for Muschamp.

JaySly
JaySly

Hopefully fla keep muschamp around a long time for more dog beat downs

TampGator1
TampGator1

@maryegoldman 


I am sure Bamabacker's new preacher man makes more than $63 an hour, there, maryegoldman. 

TampGator1
TampGator1

@slydawg 


Unless Joker was on vacation in Miami during the dead period, on his own dollar, and chose to do a little recruiting on his own.  Otherwise, I agree.  The head coach had to know where Joker was and what he was doing.  But, again, will not point back to Muschamp if Joker was down there on his own dollar and time.  Which might have been the case.  But, in either case, the AD would not have known.  But he does now and he has not reprimanded Muschamp yet.......not has the NCAA.  But Muschamp will be in trouble if they do.  Foley will not tolerate cheating....has not since he has been at Florida.  It is a big deal for him as the AD.  And he is one of the best ADs in the county.  And this would be the first major NCAA violation by Florida since he has been the AD. 

Delusionaldog
Delusionaldog

@Peachs Louisville,  it seems, is the new:


A) Oakland Raiders


B) Island of the Misfit Toys


C) 350's Mother Morning's Out group


D)  dog rescue

TampGator1
TampGator1

@gtcaryd 


Joker will not be coaching in 2014, anywhere. He may get one of those two or so year no coaching anywhere in college deals from the NCAA for his dealings with the recruit in Miami.  Speaking of that, how did the person with Miami ties know Joker and the recruit would be at that restaurant.  Makes me think the recruit was in on the deal with Miami on the deal.  Doesn't make what Joker did right, but it does make you wonder about the high stakes of recruiting these days and what people will do to harm another school in the process.  Another good reason for coaches to follow the recruiting rules to a tee.

TampGator1
TampGator1

@Delusionaldog 


Not being defensive, FYI.  It is what it is.  But whatever you think I am doing beats delusional trolling and thought processing 100 percent of the time. 

TampGator1
TampGator1

@BCB 


Give me one example of Florida cheating since Foley has been the AD other than this one.  Florida has not been cited for a major NCAA violation in over 25 years....the time Foley has been the AD. And I have no doubt that, if Muschamp knew about the situation in Miami, Foley will ask Muschamp to resign.  He runs that tight a ship when it comes to NCAA rules.  If you think different, you are highly misinformed about who runs the athletic program in Gainesville.  

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@BCB So does UGA and everybody else, some do it better than others.

TampGator1
TampGator1

@4Slide 


Three is a row is a good start.....but it is not 18 out of 21 just yet.  I think the Gators will show up this year with an offense to go along with its defense.  We will see if the streak continues in October.  

ARdawg
ARdawg

@Delusionaldog @Peachs Louisville is a death penalty waiting to happen. There is too much coming together there to be for the "win at all costs" rather than a stable program. Going to be interesting to see it unfold

TheOldGuy
TheOldGuy

@gtcaryd @BCB  Excuse me, but I believe it is Tech that is on it's second straight 4 year NCAA probation, If there is a cheater in the state it would have to be Tech. In fact Tech does not get off probation until July 2015.

BamabackerinMiddleGA
BamabackerinMiddleGA

@TampGator1


UNDAUNTED, UNDETERRED, AND ABOVE ALL, HUMBLED TO BE BACK IN GOD'S GRACE.  Peace and Serenity hallmark HIS Love.  Try it.  God Bless TG1.

POAD2014
POAD2014

@TheOldGuy wrong TECH was not caught cheating in the last BS NCaA crap investigation. You really should get your facts straight before post stupid crap.

TampGator1
TampGator1

@BamabackerinMiddleGA

I guess Jesus has not come back yet because it takes a long time to visit all those planets and universes out there. Heck, it took him 3 billion years before he visited this one.  It is a big solar system out there.    

ARdawg
ARdawg

@Delusionaldog @ARdawg Too early for predictions but I would venture a guess that 4 years BobbyP is on the bricks in more disgrace.

BamabackerinMiddleGA
BamabackerinMiddleGA

@TampGator1


HE will ONLY return in 'the blink of an eye.'  HIS love is Peace and Serenity and is cast out for all to take hold of.  Try it TG1.  God Bless.

TampGator1
TampGator1

@BamabackerinMiddleGA


Glad you have found that in your life, and happy for you.  But religion or "believing in Jesus" is not a requirement for peace and serenity.....or personal happiness.