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Kentucky Hires Mark Stoops to Replace Joker Phillips

After less than three seasons in Lexington, Rich Brooks' hand-picked successor is out at Kentucky. He has been replaced by former FSU defensive coordinator Mark Stoops.

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Kentucky Hires Mark Stoops as Head Football Coach

The reports were true: UK's new head coach is Mark Stoops.

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Report: UK to Announce Mark Stoops as Head Coach

Here it is, a report that UK is ready to announce a new head coach:

Stoops is currently the defensive coordinator at Florida State, where he replaced legendary DC Mickey Andrews after Bobby Bowden and much of his staff left. He previously worked on his brother Mike's staff as defensive coordinator at Arizona.

Given the short time horizon, it won't take long to know if this report is true or not.

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The Tragedy of Joker Phillips

How Joker Phillips went from one of the few successful examples of a head-coach-in-waiting to the first SEC coach fired in 2012

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Bobby Petrino Is Interested in the Kentucky Job

Bobby Petrino wants to get back into coaching. That much is not a surprise. I guess it shouldn't be a surprise either that he'd be interested in getting back into the SEC according to his father:

"I know he wants a job; he needs a job," [Bob] Petrino Sr. said by telephone Wednesday. "He told me, ‘I need a job, Dad.’ I said, ‘Well, you must still have some money. You made 31/2 million dollars.’ And he said, ‘Yeah, I do. It’s not the money.’ He just misses coaching so much." ...

"I just know this, that he’s interested in Kentucky," the father said. "He wants to stay in the SEC. That was his life’s goal was to go to the SEC."

It would be kind of a reverse Rick Pitino type of deal for the former Louisville head coach to set up shop in Lexington.

There's certainly no guarantee, though, that Mitch Barnhart would be interested in hiring the former Boss Hog. The stench of the Jessica Dorrell scandal has not lifted off of Petrino, and he did put his former university in a bad legal situation with the way he handled her hiring in the athletic department. In fact, Yahoo! Sports' Pat Forde reported on Sunday that the school was not planning on including Petrino in the coaching search.

In any event, this information was not meant to be public:

Too late now.

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Joker Phillips Will Coach the Rest of the Season

The only odd thing about Mitch Barnhart's letter from Sunday announcing Joker Phillips' firing was the fact that it didn't say whether Phillips would finish out the year. Well, now we know:

The only reason why Phillips shouldn't finish out the year is if he didn't want to. He's by all accounts a good guy, and his roots at UK run as deep as anyone's can with one school. It's good to hear he'll get a chance to be sent off with a win over Samford in his final home game in Lexington.

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Who's Next for Kentucky?

Now that Joker Phillips is out, which candidates are likely to crop up as the Wildcats search for a head coach? Some of the likely and unlikely names that you might hear over the next few weeks

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Kentucky Fires Joker Phillips

It was only a matter of time, and it's apparently now time.

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