Mitch Barnhart Comments On Joker Phillips And UK Football

10/31/2012 08:54 AM

A UK spokesperson confirmed earlier this week that UK athletics director Mitch Barnhart would not comment on the future of Joker Phillips until the end of the season when an evaluation takes place, but Barnhart was in Louisville yesterday talking with the City Salesmen’s Club and during part of his speech, he briefly touched on the football program and the man in charge.

“Football is not where we want it to be just yet and we’ve got to work on that,” Barnhart told the crowd. “We made some progress and climbed up the hill a little bit and were doing some good things in a really tough league but we’ve found that we’ve stubbed our toes a little bit. We’ve got to figure that out and we’ll get that figured out.”

He continued, “Joker is one of my dearest friends. I think the world of him. We’ve been together nine years in some way, shape or form as an assistant coach, coordinator and now as a head coach…I think the world of him as a man and as a coach and as a leader of our young men and what he’s done. We just have to figure out the football piece and how we get that going in the right direction.”

Here’s the clip:

Thomas Beisner

TJ is an Anchor for Spectrum News. You can catch his work on KSTV, the only nightly show in the state focusing on UK Sports. When it comes to UK Basketball, TJ covers recruiting, the NCAA tournament and everything in between. During March TJ probably sees the players more than he sees his family but he’s able to provide Spectrum News viewers the unique insight that only a lifelong fan can give. He’s also taken on several special programs including “Wildcat Forever: The John Stewart Story.” KSTV airs weeknights at 7:30 and 11pm on Spectrum News. You can also catch podcasts of the show as well as bonus podcasts, just find KSTV on Itunes. For the latest on everything going on with UK Athletics, recruiting or if you just need some hilarious parenting anecdotes follow TJ on Twitter @tjbeisner.

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