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Padraic Major-20100721633.jpgJoker Phillips, according to

The website ranked the best performances, from best to worst, at Southeastern Conference Media Days, tabbing the first-year UK head coach with the best showing. Phillips checked in ahead of Georgia's Mark Richt at No. 2, Houston Nutt at No. 3 and even ahead of Vanderbilt interim coach Robbie Caldwell, who, by all accounts, killed it Thursday at the annual media spectacle (most would tell you that Caldwell's No. 6 ranking is way, way too low).

Make of SEC Media Days what you will, but it is extremely important from a publicity and exposure standpoint to make a good impression in front of such a large media contingent, especially when its your first one in your head coaching career. 

In that respect, Phillips needed to make a good impression, and, accorinding to, he came away a huge winner.

Here is what the website had to say about his performance:

"Maybe it's because Joker is one of the newest SEC coaches. He still hasn't coached his first down in a game for the Wildcats. So, maybe he hasn't had a chance to get jaded yet.

Or maybe he's just a great personality with a great vision for a program that has experienced some success recently, but is nowhere close to the top teams in the conference.

Either way, Joker Phillips was extremely impressive on the first day of SEC Media Days. He talked of his "Operation Win" plan with the fervor and passion of a pastor beckoning his parishioners to spread the good news.

Not that it means Kentucky will become a perennial top 15 power under his leadership, but the 14 recruits already committed, compared to two at this time last year, is a very nice start."  

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