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Urban Meyer Adds Former Kentucky Head Coach Joker Phillips To His Ohio State Staff

Urban Meyer has added Joker Phillips to his Ohio State coaching staff, the program confirmed this evening. 

Kentucky Sports Radio's Matt Jones first reported the news. 

Phillips, 53, was forced to resign from his assistant coaching position at Florida in 2014 after committing a recruiting violation. He was Kentucky's head coach from 2010-12 and spent 2015 as an assistant for the Cleveland Browns. 


Great seeing @bigbear904@_tbrown77 last weekend.

— Joker Phillips (@jokerphillips) December 16, 2015

">@_tbrown77 last weekend.

— Joker Phillips (@jokerphillips)

Great seeing @bigbear904@_tbrown77 last weekend.

— Joker Phillips (@jokerphillips) December 16, 2015

">December 16, 2015

The Franklin, Ky. native played collegiately at Kentucky and spent two seasons playing for the Washington Redskins.

Phillips will be a quality control assistant with the Buckeyes and he's reportedly already been on the road scouting for OSU. 

Recruiting ability is believed to be Meyer's biggest priority when adding people to his staff and this supports that idea. 

Phillips' all-time commits profile on 247Sports is full of elite recruits. He likely won't have much trouble helping Ohio State bring some more to Columbus. 

Ohio State opens its 2016 season Sept. 3 against Bowling Green.