LEXINGTON — Kentucky defense coordinator Rick Minter Tuesday denied a report that there had been a confrontation between head coach Joker Phillips and himself over UK’s defensive play in the season-opening loss to Louisville.
Kentucky Sports Radio reported that there had been a confrontation over alignment and strategy and that changes were made in the second half of UK’s win over Kent State Saturday.
“I’m not going to talk about that. It didn’t happen. Now what’s next?” said Minter Tuesday when asked about the confrontation.
Phillips worked under Minter when Minter was the head coach at Cincinnati and brought Minter to UK before the BBVA Compass Bowl two years ago.
Minter did acknowledge the communication on his unit was much better in UK’s second game.
“It was so much better. One, we didn’t try to do as many things. We tried to settle down just a little bit,” Minter said. “That’s up to me to scale it back enough for the guys to understand it and make calls under fire. We didn’t do that very well the first game; we did it so much better the second game.
“Knowing we were going to play a whole lot of guys, you’re only as strong as your weakest link, so you had to make sure anybody and everybody that got out there had a chance to make simplistic calls. We’ll grow. We’ll advance.”