The joke's over at Kentucky. After being out-coached and having his team out-played in all but one game this season, Big Blue ousted Joker Phillips as head coach following a 40-0 embarrassment at the hands of Vanderbilt.
One of the least desirable coaching spots in the SEC is now up for grabs, however, just because it is a stepping stone coaching destination does not mean that it's a coaching graveyard. Phillips predecessor, Rich Brooks, had Big Blue heading in the right direction with four consecutive bowl appearances in his last years with the team.
Phillips performed well in his first year by bringing the Wildcats to a bowl game but the wheels started to misalign in his second year and fell off completely in his third and final year. He will be allowed to coach in Kentucky's final two games of the season (Samford and Tennessee) but the coaching search should be in full swing by the time their season comes to an inglorious end.
So, who should replace Phillips and try to right the ship in Lexington? Below are five candidates that should be on Kentucky's radar. And before you ask, no, Bobby Petrino is not on the list. I feel that he will land at Auburn after they fire Gene Chizik which I'll address in another article. Now on to the list:no comments