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Kentucky AD: Joker will absolutely be here next year

Call it the dreaded vote of confidence if you will; but today Kentucky athletic director Mitch Barnhart said Joker Phillips will "absolutely" be the Wildcats' coach next season.

"He's my football coach and I intend to ride this thing for the long haul with him and make this thing work."

"I believe in what Joker's doing, how hard he's working at it and the people he's trying to bring into this program."

Phillips is only in his second season as head coach (8-11 overall); but the anemic offense (119th in the nation) is causing a lot of talk around the program. 

We're with Barnhart on this one. Joker deserves more time to get the program back on track. Tough league to be the "best basketball school" in. 

Credit Kyle Tucker with the Courier Journalfor getting the quotes above