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SPORTS LEXINGTON HERALD-LEADER » KENTUCKY.COM/SPORTS » SECTION C JOHNSON HOLDS OFF KESELOWKSI, ADDS TO HIS POINTS LEAD - C4 MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2012 Calipari taking tough-love approach Duke’s David Cutcliffe COACH DEMANDS GREATER EFFORT AS OPENER NEARS Louisiana Tech’s Sonny Dykes By Jerry Tipton Kentucky basketball players practiced Saturday for more than 2½ hours, which John Calipari said might be the longest workout in his three-plus seasons as UK John Calipari coach. He planned two more said the Cats practices — of unspecified have to be ‘uncomfortable’ length — for Sunday. “We have to set a tone of to improve. how we play,” Calipari said Sunday morning in a rare MONDAY church-hour news conference. Exhibition: Calipari and players noted Transylvania the introduction of more comat Kentucky petitive practices. Lose a drill, When: 8 p.m. run a sprint. TV: FS South “We have guys you see Radio: start to back up,” Calipari WBUL-FM 98.1, said before relaying the mesWLAP-AM 630 sage he hoped the sprints delivered: “This is what happens ONLINE to losers.” Jerry Tipton will With UK playing its final be tweeting pre-season tuneup against during Monday’s Transylvania on Monday game. After the night, Calipari spoke of the game, go to need for better play and more sustained exertion. He made to view a photo the longer practice sound like slide show. a product of the no-pain, nogain school of thought. See BASKETBALL, C3 Texas Tech’s Tommy Tuberville Who’s next for the Cats? AMY WALLOT Joker Phillips was fired with two games left in his third season as head coach at Kentucky. The Wildcats’ record during his tenure was 12-23. MIKE ROEMER | ASSOCIATED PRESS Two more TDs for Cobb Randall Cobb celebrated one of his two touchdowns Sunday in Green Bay’s 31-17 victory against Arizona. The former Kentucky star has six touchdown catches this season. Page C4 BRONCOS 31, BENGALS 23 Former Cats stunned by Joker’s ouster BRONCOS SUPPORT EX-COACH By Mark Maloney CINCINNATI — Just about when the University of Kentucky marching band was performing at halftime of Sunday’s Cincinnati Bengals-Denver Broncos game in Paul Brown Stadium, word came from Lexington. Joker Phillips was out as coach of the Wildcats. With three ex-Cats playing for the Broncos, word spread quickly after Denver completed a 31-23 victory. “It’s a sad thing,” said linebacker Wesley Woodyard, Denver’s leading tackler. “I’m going to miss Joker. I’m still going to support Joker. PHILLIPS WAS CLASS ACT IN ADVERSITY HIS REPLACEMENT SHOULD SPARK EXCITEMENT BUT LACK BAGGAGE The position of head has been fired with two football coach at the games left in his third University of Kentucky season was a move that is not the dream job for needed to be made. many people. Still, it is sad to see For Joker Phillips, Phillips’ run at “his MARK school” end in such a it was. Over 23 seasons, STORY way. first as a player, then in Before we launch HERALDLEADER two different stints as a full bore into speculatSPORTS UK assistant and finally COLUMNIST ing on what UK should for three years as head do next, what should coach, Phillips put his not be lost is that, as heart into Kentucky football. Kentucky head coach, Phillips The announcement Sunday produced two of the mammoth by UK Director of Athletics moments in UK sports history. Mitch Barnhart that Phillips Under Joker, UK ended the 26-year losing streak to Tennessee and its oh-for-alleternity schneid against Steve Spurrier. This season, even as things went bad in a big way (1-9, 0-7 SEC), Phillips handled himself with class and professionalism. Moving forward, anyone who thinks that changing coaches is all that is needed to significantly alter the historic arc of UK football has not been paying attention. At 12-23, Phillips is the ninth-straight Kentucky football coach to leave the school with a losing record. Charlie Bradshaw. John Ray. Fran Curci. Jerry Claiborne. See STORY, C4 A speculative list of names (listed alphabetically, mostly) of potential replacements to Joker Phillips as University of Kentucky head football coach: Neal Brown. The young ex-UK wideout (lettered 1998, 2000) coordinates an offense at Texas Tech that is averaging 38 points and 500 yards a game. David Cutcliffe. Ex-Tennessee assistant has ties to Mitch Barnhart and has done good work as head man at two schools, Mississippi and Duke, where it is hard to win at football — just like UK. Sonny Dykes. Once a Hal Mumme graduate assistant at Kentucky, the Louisiana Tech head man has an 8-1 record and an offense putting up pin ball numbers (52.4 points, 571 yards a game). Phillip Fulmer. I don’t think this will happen, but it would make the Kentucky-Tennessee games wonderfully interesting. Butch Jones. The Cincinnati Bearcats head man might be persuadable because, relatively speaking, he is “underpaid” at $1.575 million a year. Dirk Koetter. Falcons offensive coordinator’s unpredictable play calling has been given much credit for Atlanta’s hot start this NFL season. Had winning record as head coach at both Boise State (26-10) and Arizona State (40-34). Mike Leach. Would the ex-UK assistant and Texas Tech head man consider bailing on Washington State after only one year as Cougars head coach? Gus Malzahn. Called the plays for Cam Newton and Co. during Auburn’s national championship season. Now has Arkansas State at 6-3 in his first season as head coach. Brent Pease. If Kentucky hired the ex-UK and Boise State and current Florida offensive coordinator, would he hire Jared Lorenzen on his staff? Bobby Petrino. One of the most astute offensive thinkers in football coaching also carries more baggage than Delta Airlines. Willie Taggart. UK got an up-close-and-personal look this season at what a strong building job the Western Kentucky head man has done. Tommy Tuberville. ExMississippi and Auburn head coach might have his reasons for wanting to leave Texas Tech. If UK hired him, would Neal Brown come with him? Rich Brooks. Just in case Bill Snyder and Kansas State have made bringing back an older, ex-coach the hot new trend. More coverage: Read more about Joker Phillips’ firing in today’s A Section and watch for updates at MARK STORY See BENGALS, C5 Sports Editor Gene Abell » Phone (859) 231-3237 » Email » To report a score call 231-3225 or toll free at (888) 222-7026 after 5 p.m. ©2012 Securities offered through J.J.B. Hilliard, W.L. Lyons, LLC | Member NYSE, FINRA & SIPC

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