Rick Minter: 'No matter what you say, they threw him out'

Posted by: Josh Kendall on Thursday November 29, 2012


Posted by: Josh Kendall on November 29, 2012

Former Kentucky head coach Joker Phillips left his job earlier this month seemingly in decent spirits. He talked about what he'd put into the job and getting some sleep, but Rick Minter, his former defensive coordinator, did not leave as quietly.

"They threw him out. No matter what you say, they threw him out," Minter said following a season-ending loss to Kentucky, according to VaughtsViews.com. "And he can say he's numb, but I guarantee you he'll feel it, if he doesn't already. It's real. He's just done a great job fooling you guys (in the media). It was a quick trigger, in my estimation. But nobody asked me what I thought."

Phillips did not have enough time to instill his own culture in order to maintain the level of success the Wildcats had under former coach Rich Brooks, Minter said. Kentucky went to four straight bowl games with Brooks at the helm.

"I feel so bad for Joker, I really do," Minter said. "Because he was a lifer here, and he really was on the right track. I know people don't want to hear that. And he has a great staff. And none of us wanted to go anywhere else. And when you hire the next guy, if he's really good, he won't stay. And if he's really bad, you get rid of him, too. But you had a lifer here in Joker. Winning was the goal, and not leaving would have been his goal."

On Tuesday, Kentucky athletic director Mitch Barnhart announced he had hired Mark Stoops to replace Phillips.

Here's Phillips after his final game as head coach:

 

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Josh Kendall is a staff writer for CoachingSearch.com and has covered the SEC for more than 15 years for papers such as the Athens Banner-Herald, Macon Telegraph, and The State. He’s the father of two boys who he’s hoping don’t inherit his wide receiver frame and offensive guard feet. Follow @EyeOnCoaches on twitter and send your feedback to josh@coachingsearch.com




Josh Kendall is a staff writer for CoachingSearch.com and has covered the SEC for more than 15 years for papers such as the Athens Banner-Herald, Macon Telegraph, and The State. He’s the father of two boys who he’s hoping don’t inherit his wide receiver frame and offensive guard feet. Follow @EyeOnCoaches on twitter and send your feedback to josh@coachingsearch.com