"After much conversation, evaluation and prayer, I have determined that it is in the best interest of our athletics program to make a change in our football coaching staff at the conclusion of the season. I do so with a heavy heart for a man who has served his alma mater for almost 22 years as a player and a coach. Joker Phillips has carried the banner for the Blue and White with honor and pride. I have enjoyed working alongside him and am thankful for his friendship for the last decade. His concern for the entire program, his work and teaching of young people, his humanitarian work, and the friendship we all enjoy with him will long surpass the scoreboard. I want to thank him for all of those things on behalf of Kentucky."
Barnhart went on the say that the search for Phillips' replacement had already commenced.
Kentucky is 1-9 this season, and 0-7 in SEC conference play. Phillips has an overall record of 2-23, with a 4-19 SEC conference record.
(via CBS Sports).