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Maryland football hires Joker Phillips as receivers coach; Chris Beatty hired by Pitt

Mike Locksley replaces a top recruiting assistant with another established name.

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Maryland football has hired Joker Phillips as its new wide receivers coach, as first reported by FootballScoop on Monday. He replaces Chris Beatty, who’s reportedly joining the Pittsburgh staff as wide receivers coach.

Phillips, 55, has spent the last two years at Cincinnati. He’s coached for over three decades in both college and the NFL, with two stints at Kentucky totaling 19 years (including three as a head coach) and other stops including Ohio State, Notre Dame, Florida, the Cleveland Browns and others.

Like Beatty before him, Phillips brings a strong recruiting pedigree to the position, with his strongest ties in the Southeast. At Florida, he became notorious for incredible photoshopped graphics aimed at recruits. He’ll inherit a talented wide receivers group at Maryland, as four true freshmen all showed promise in 2018.

During his time in College Park, Beatty served as wide receivers coach and associate head coach, adding co-offensive coordinator duties in 2018. His FBS coaching career also includes stops at Virginia, Wisconsin, Illinois, Vanderbilt, West Virginia and Northern Illinois. Pitt will be his eighth stop since 2007.

With Beatty on staff, Maryland recruited the state of Virginia—particularly the Tidewater/Virginia Beach area—as well as it ever has. He also spearheaded other recruiting efforts throughout the East Coast, teaming up with Abdul-Rahim as the Terps’ top recruiting assistants. Beatty is credited as the primary recruiter for Jeshaun Jones, Dontay Demus, Byron Cowart, Tyler DeSue and 2019 signees Isaiah Hazel and Dino Tomlin, among many others. He was also the lead recruiter for two unsigned 2019 verbal commits: cornerback Tayvion Land and running back Jordan Houston.

With Phillips replacing Beatty, Maryland’s offensive staff is now complete. Phillips will join Scottie Montgomery as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, Elijah Brooks as running backs coach, Mike Miller as tight ends coach and John Reagan as offensive line coach. The Terps have three assistant spots left, and they need a defensive coordinator, defensive line coach and linebackers coach.