LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Joker Phillips took the reins Wednesday as
Kentucky's new head football coach and choked up when he spoke
about his mentor, Rich Brooks.
Phillips held his first news conference as coach at a conference
room in Commonwealth Stadium two days after Brooks used the same
venue to announce he was stepping down after seven years on the
job. Brooks attended his successor's news conference.
Phillips is a graduate of Kentucky and has held various roles
under Brooks, most recently offensive head coach. He also worked as
an assistant at Cincinnati, Minnesota, Notre Dame and South
Two years ago, he was named coach in waiting to take over when
Brooks eventually retired. Phillips called his predecessor a "true
champion" while fighting back tears.
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