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Report: Florida wide receivers coach Joker Phillips resigned due to photo with recruit

Report: Joker Phillips resigned over photo of alleged illicit meeting with recruit 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.
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