Kentucky fires coach after loss to Vanderbilt

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky has fired football coach Joker Phillips, a day after an embarrassing loss to Vanderbilt.

Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart announced Phillips’ dismissal Sunday in an open letter on the athletic department’s web site.

The Wildcats lost their eighth consecutive game 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.

POLLS: Oregon moved up a spot and passed Notre Dame in the BCS standings, moving into third place behind Alabama and Kansas State.

Oregon is coming off its biggest victory of the season, winning 62-51 at Southern California. That result, combined with Notre Dame’s overtime victory against a middling Pittsburgh team, helped nudge the Ducks by the Irish this week.

Alabama (.9957) is a rock solid No. 1 in both the polls and the BCS computer ratings this week. Kansas State (.9318) is third in the polls and in the computers, but second overall. The Ducks (.9166) are a solid No. 2 in both polls, but still fifth in the computers. Notre Dame (.9050) is in fourth place.

Behind the Irish are Georgia, Florida, LSU, South Carolina.

ARKANSAS: Head coach John L. Smith suspended senior linebacker Terrell Williams after Williams’ arrest for suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

The 21-year-old Williams was arrested by Fayetteville police early Sunday for DWI and driving left of center. He was released on $910 bail.

A working phone number for Williams could not be located.

MISSOURI: Former tight end Brandon Holifield has been arrested possession of marijuana.

According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol arrest report, Holifield was pulled over early Sunday morning in Boone County after driving 69 mph in a 55-mph zone.

He was also arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia, driving without a valid license and speeding.


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