University of Kentucky athletics director Mitch Barnhart sent out an open letter to UK supporters on the school's website this afternoon announcing the firing of football coach Joker Phillips effective the end of the football season.
Barnhart said in his letter after much conversation, thought and prayer it was in the best interest in the athletics program to make the change. Barnhart said the search for a new coach will begin immediately. He added he was appreciative of Phillips 23 years of service to the university as a player and coach.
Kentucky has an open date this week before playing Samford and Tennessee to close out the season.
Barnhart's letter in full is available at www.ukathletics.com