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Wildcats' succession plan: Brooks to Phillips

Updated: January 18, 2008, 8:02 PM ET
Associated Press

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Perhaps it was only fitting on the biggest day of his coaching life the man dubbed "Joker" by his mother decided to have a little fun.

Standing at the podium minutes after being introduced as the eventual successor to Rich Brooks at Kentucky on Friday, offensive coordinator Joker Phillips couldn't help it when asked what it means to know he'll one day be the first black head football coach at his alma mater.

"Wow, you never told me I was African-American," Phillips ...

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