Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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November 4, 2012

Kentucky fires Joker Phillips

(Continued)

LEXINGTON —

We have all enjoyed watching hundreds of UK athletes perform at championship levels in recent years. We have celebrated and called them our own with pride. We have watched them leave UK and go onto incredible journeys after their time in Lexington. Football, basketball and our membership in the SEC have provided us the opportunity to do that.

   

We have had those celebration scenes and great athletes wear the blue and white in recent years at Commonwealth Stadium, and we desire like everyone to have them on a regular basis. We strive to provide an environment of exciting, fun, and winning football - a place where we will celebrate the physical, intense game we all enjoy at the highest level in the best conference in college football.

We have invested significantly in our sports programs, mostly on the backs of football and men's basketball. We have invested in football specifically and have high hopes there will be the opportunity to do major work in our stadium with some financing opportunities in the very near future. As always, we will work to fit into the plans of the university as a whole. Many times I have been told, "We know you will do what is right." When I ask myself for whom, I always return to the same place in my mind: for our student-athletes and coaches first, our fans and supporters next, and for those of us who work for them lastly.

I am proud of the Big Blue Nation for its continued support of our football team, especially for those who have maintained their season tickets and continued to support our entire athletics program. You have provided a great environment in Commonwealth Stadium through the years, and on behalf of our student-athletes, I want to thank you for continuing to fight with us. It is ALWAYS our goal at UK to provide the positive energy and support to pursue the hopes, efforts and dreams of those in the competitions. I hope to see you continue your unwavering support on Senior Day vs. Samford.

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