Phillips says Wildcats Have to Win Games Prior to Game Day

Oct. 6, 2010

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Joker Phillips says that in order to win games on the football field on Saturdays, the Wildcats must win games on the practice field, film room and classroom on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

“You don’t win games just on Saturday,” Phillips said. “You win games on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and then on Saturday things come natural because you have seen things at game speed and the different things and schemes that you need to see. You just don’t win games out here on the football field. You win them in the classroom. You win them in the film room and that is what we have to help these young men to understand.”

The Wildcats practiced for two hours in cool, bright weather Wednesday morning at the Nutter Training Center.  Phillips and the Wildcats will return to the practice fields Thursday for final preparations for No. 8 Auburn.

Tickets Going Fast, Less Than 500 Available for Auburn Game: Tickets have been selling briskly for Saturday’s game vs. Auburn and less than 500 remain.  Tickets cost $46 and are available:
•    Online at
•    In person at the UK Ticket Office in the Joe Craft Center
•    By calling 800-928-2287

Tickets Also Available for South Carolina, Georgia:
Tickets also are available for the South Carolina game on Oct. 16 and the Homecoming matchup vs. Georgia on Oct. 23.  See above for purchasing details.

UK / Coca-Cola Begin Recycling Partnership:
University of Kentucky Athletics and Coca-Cola Enterprises are beginning a recycling partnership for game days at Commonwealth Stadium.

Coca-Cola Enterprises will provide 100 large Coca-Cola syrup barrels that have been repurposed as recycling receptacles and will locally recycle 100 percent of the bottles and cans collected in the receptacles at UK home football games.  Once collected, the materials will be transported to the recycling center and eventually turned into new bottles, bags or apparel.  All profits from the recycled materials will be donated to UK Children’s Hospital.

Fans attending the UK-Auburn game on Saturday also will get to interact with the Recycling Education Vehicle.  The vehicle is a self-contained trailer equipped with video screens, interactive displays and games, all designed to educate consumers about the benefits of recycling.  Fans also can play recycling-based games.

“We are excited to join forces with the University of Kentucky to promote recycling at this year’s home football games,” said Clinard Chaney, Sales Center Manager, Coca-Cola Enterprises. 

“It is essential that we all do our part for the environment and Coca-Cola’s recycling program is one easy step,” said Rodney Stiles, UK assistant athletic director.

Fans Reminded to be Careful With Charcoal:
With cooler weather arriving in October, more fans will use charcoal for their tailgate grills.  UK’s game-day operations staff strongly encourages guests to properly extinguish and dispose of all charcoal (or other flammable materials) in a safe manner.  Please do not leave charcoal fires unattended.