Joker Phillips reportedly forced to resign over possible recruiting violations
Joker Phillips resigning from his job Wednesday as a wide receivers coach and recruiter for Florida came as a surprise to many. Phillips was relatively new to the staff and just getting rolling in recruiting, plus why would this happen in June of all times?
In his statement, Phillips said he was resigning because of “personal reasons,” which is an ambiguous explanation that really doesn’t answer any questions.
Now we’re learning what may have been the real reason for the abrupt resignation.
According to ESPN’s Brett McMurphy, Phillips was forced to resign over possible recruiting violations.
We figured it might be something along those lines because of the report that Phillips was still helping out at a camp on Wednesday. If Florida felt comfortable enough having him work at the camp, that suggests they still like and value him as a coach. Being in trouble is a reasonable explanation for him resigning and essentially taking the fall to help the program.