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.
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.”