The former Kentucky head coach was replaced by former Gator Chris Leak, and business moved forward in Gainesville.
Now the story seems to be gaining more steam.
A Yahoo Sports report Thursday cited sources as saying Phillips stepped down after the NCAA received a photograph of the coach sitting with a recruit in a restaurant during a mandated recruiting dead period.
To add another layer of intrigue, the report states the NCAA was tipped off by someone from Miami. From the report:
The run-in with the recruit could also be classified as a secondary violation of the NCAA’s "bump rule," according to Yahoo, if the NCAA determines Phillips and the recruit being in the same place during the dead period was a coincidence.
If the NCAA believes the meeting was arranged, the severity of the violation — and subsequent punishment — would increase.