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Stoops no longer “ticked off” about Louisville losses

Mark Stoops enjoyed the win over Louisville. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Mark Stoops enjoyed Kentucky’s 41-38 win over Louisville with his players. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY  VAUGHT

Coaches are supposed to say that no one game is more special or important than any other game. Doesn’t matter what sport it is or what level it is. Coaches all say that. But they don’t mean it.

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops finally admitted as much after his team beat Louisville 41-38 last week. The two previous years UK had leads over the Cardinals knowing a win would make the Cats bowl eligible. Each time they lost.

“They (UK players) prepared the right way and came in here with the right mindset to win,” Stoops said after the game. “It really has ticked me off the last two years. We had great opportunities (to win those games). Today we made the plays and got a break. I am just so happy.”

Kentucky fans were, too, for a lot of reasons. One is that UK likely will now have a better bowl destination.

Myself, I still think the Music City Bowl in Nashville makes the most sense for both UK and Nashville. Big Blue fans will swarm Nashville to see a 7-5 team that just beat Louisville take on a Big Ten team like maybe Iowa. And Nashville merchants can start counting their money the day the bowl pairings are made official if UK is in the Music City Bowl.

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