Joker Phillips was reportedly photographed with a recruit in a restaurant during the NCAA's recruiting dead period. (James Crisp/AP)
Florida wide receivers coach Joker Phillips was forced to resign after the NCAA received a photograph of Phillips allegedly committing a recruiting violation, Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports reports.
According to Robinson, the photograph showed Phillips sitting in a restaurant with a high school recruit during an NCAA-mandated dead period. Such a scenario would be a likely secondary violation if it was considered part of the "bump" rule, in which a coach unexpectedly comes into contact with a recruit. But the violation would be considered major if the contact was prearranged.
Sources told Robinson that a person affiliated with the Miami athletics department turned the alleged photo in to the NCAA.
On Wednesday Phillips abruptly resigned
from his position as Florida's wide receivers coach. In a statement, Phillips cited "personal reasons" for his decision to leave the program. Former Gators' quarterback Chris Leak was promoted from graduate assistant to wide receivers coach in Phillips's place.