LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -Kentucky offensive coordinator Joker Phillips has agreed to become the Wildcats' head coach following Rich Brooks' retirement, a person familiar with the arrangement said Friday.
Brooks signed a contract extension last year and hasn't indicated how long he'll remain coach.
The school has scheduled an afternoon news conference that will include Brooks, Phillips, university president Lee Todd Jr. and athletic director Mitch Barnhart, said the person, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity pending the announcement.
Phillips, who just completed his third season with the Wildcats, helped engineer a potent offensive attack featuring quarterback Andre Woodson. He was born in Franklin, played for Kentucky from 1981-84 and spent three seasons with the Washington Redskins.
Phillips had been considered one of the top candidates for head coaching positions elsewhere. Before last year's Music City Bowl, which Kentucky won for the second straight season, Phillips was asked whether he planed to return to the Wildcats.
``I'm here now,'' he said.
Phillips and defensive coordinator Steve Brown are both black, the first time a Southeastern Conference team has had two black coordinators at the same time.

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