Former Kentucky head coach Joker Phillips will join the Florida staff as receivers coach and recruiting coordinator.
Florida coach Will Muschamp said Phillips will begin work Friday, adding that his "background as a head coach and the number of years he has coached wide receivers will be a tremendous asset to our coaching staff and players. Joker is obviously very familiar with the Southeastern Conference and has always done a great job in recruiting."
Kentucky fired Phillips on Nov. 4. He went 13-24 in three seasons at Kentucky, including 0-8 in SEC play this year.
Phillips played at Kentucky (1981-84) and was on the football staff from 1988-96. He returned to his alma mater as offensive coordinator in 2003, and then became the second black coach in SEC history in 2010.
His résumé also includes stops at South Carolina (2002), Notre Dame (2001), Minnesota (1999-2000) and Cincinnati (1997-98).
Former receivers coach Aubrey Hill left Florida in early August amid an NCAA investigation that involved his coaching tenure at Miami.
Muschamp was named one of nine finalists for the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year. The winner will be announced Jan. 6 in Fort Lauderdale. … TE Jordan Reed, RB Mike Gillislee, K Caleb Sturgis, DT Sharrif Floyd, S Matt Elam and P Kyle Christy were named first-team All-SEC.
David Jones, Florida Today; The Associated Press