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Mar 30, 2010 4:10 PM

"Operation Win" Debuts As Cats Start Spring Football

It has been time of great productivity for Joker Phillips since January 6, when he was confirmed as head coach of the Kentucky football team and put "Operation Win" into motion.

During that time, Phillips has:

-hired three new assistant coaches
reached into the National Football League to hire strength coach Ray "Rock" Oliver
-put an emphatic finish on the 2010 recruiting class
-got a good start to the 2011 recruiting class
-hit the road for the "Operation Win" tour, visiting former Wildcats, alumni and fans in several cities, including Frankfort, Atlanta, Louisville, Bardstown, Hopkinsville, Bowling Green, Nashville, Henderson and Cincinnati
-made time to attend and support the UK men's and women's basketball teams during their travels in the Southeastern Conference and NCAA tournaments

On Wednesday, Phillips begins the next phase of Operation Win with the beginning of his first spring practice as head coach of the Wildcats.

Position Meeting Rooms the Newest Upgrade of Football Facilities: There has been another new addition to the Kentucky football facilities with the construction of new position meeting rooms at the Nutter Training Center.

The new meeting rooms feature larger meeting spaces for each position group and enhanced video technology. The project was completed at a cost of $750,000. It represents the seventh time in the last five years that Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart has invested in new or renovated facilities that enhance the safety and efficiency of the players and are attractive to prospective student-athletes.

Additional football facility construction since 2005 has included:

-a new outdoor practice area at the Nutter Training Center, including two beautiful grass fields, a sports turf field, drainage system and stadium-style lighting
-a new locker room at Commonwealth Stadium, consolidating the team from two locker rooms into one
-a new playing surface at Commonwealth Stadium
-a new locker room, shower and bathroom facilities at the Nutter Training Center
-a new team meeting room at the Nutter Training Center with state-of-the-art video capability
-a new FieldTurf surface in the Nutter Field House

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