Yahoo! Sports reports that Phillips resigned after a person with ties to the Miami football program turned in a photo of the former Kentucky coach with a recruit at a restaurant. This would be a violation because it is currently the “dead period” in recruiting.
Phillips’ encounter with the recruit was initially described as a “bump,” which is an incidental, random contact with a recruit. Those are considered secondary violations. However, if it is determined that the bump was premeditated, the violation could be upgraded.
Phillips was the coach at Kentucky for three seasons and joined Florida’s staff prior to last season. In addition to coaching the wide receivers, Phillips was a top recruiter.