LOUISVILLE, KY - SEPTEMBER 04: Joker Phillips the Head Coach of the Kentucky Wildcats gives instructions to his team during the game against the Louisville Cardinals at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on September 4, 2010 in Louisville, …
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Kentucky coach Joker Phillips has tried to maintain a sense of humor during what has been a difficult season.
Questions regarding his future are no laughing matter, though.
The Wildcats (1-8, 0-6 Southeastern Conference) lost their seventh straight game Saturday at Missouri, ensuring a third consecutive losing season and putting them on pace for their worst finish since going 2-9 in 2004.
Injuries have forced Phillips to play 26 freshmen against one of the nation's toughest schedules. That hasn't stopped Wildcats fans from expressing their frustration: Calling for his dismissal on radio talk shows and not showing up for games -- attendance has fallen off at 67,942-seat Commonwealth Stadium.
Players say they still support Phillips and will try to finish the season with three wins to help the embattled coach.
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