Via an open letter to Kentucky fans, Mitch Barnhart announced that UK will not be retaining head football coach Joker Phillips next season.
“After much conversation, evaluation and prayer, I have determined that it is in the best interest of our athletics program to make a change in our football coaching staff at the conclusion of the season,” Barnhart said near the end of the 933-word letter that was put up on www.ukathletics.com Sunday afternoon.
“I do so with a heavy heart for a man who has served his alma mater for almost 22 years as a player and a coach.”
The dismissal said a search will begin immediately for Phillips’ replacement, but the coach will be retained until the end of the season. Barnhart said he search will be “managed internally.”