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.