Peter King of SI.com says that's not how it went down. Philbin actually wanted to be on the show, even though general manager Jeff Ireland wasn't wild about it.
"Philbin went to Ireland and told him he'd actually like the spotlight of the show to help his team focus, and to show off that what the team is doing is right, and that the players are ready for prime time," King wrote.
King trusts that his sources aren't just creating revisionist history. And we trust King.