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Joker Phillips: What I learned from watching Oprah

Joker Phillips was asked yesterday about being on "hot seat" by the Courier-Journal and had some interesting insight as he enters his third season at Kentucky.

Phillips said that while watching an episode of Oprah interviewing 50 Cent, the rapper offered some interesting advice that struck a chord with Joker.

"50 Cent said you either worry or pray, but you don’t do both. And I don’t worry."

"The thing I’ve got to do is prepare myself mentally and prepare this football team mentally for the long haul. I know what we got into when we signed up for this. This is big-boy football, and we’ve had success in big-boy football, and we’ll continue to have success in big-boy football."

Phillips was also asked about the decline in season ticket sales for the second straight season, to which he explained that he has received a number of emails from former season ticket holders explaining that it is due to tough financial times, not a lack of support.

"I can pull up numerous emails of people that can’t renew because of financial reasons. They say, 'Hey, Coach, it’s not because we don’t support you. We still support you guys.' There are numerous, numerous emails like that. And I get that. It’s just the world we’re in. It’s a tough world out there, and sometimes you have to put your priorities in order, and sometimes a football game is not a priority."