Joker Phillips out at Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Kentucky football coach Joker Phillips has been saying lately in response to questions about his future that if he was going to be fired someone would have said something to him by now.

The official word came on Sunday.

Athletic director Mitch Barnhart announced Phillips' dismissal in an open letter on the athletic department's website.

The Wildcats lost their eighth straight game on Saturday, a 40-0 home loss to Vanderbilt. It was their worst loss to the Commodores in 96 years.

The 49-year-old Phillips is 12-23 overall in three seasons at Kentucky. He will finish this season.

Phillips is owed $2.55 million over the remaining two years of his contract. He thanked Barnhart for the opportunity to coach the Wildcats.