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By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky’s deal to play Western Kentucky during the 2010-13 football seasons was officially announced today in Nashville. Games in 2010 and 2012 will b e played in Lexington with the 2011 and 2013 games at L.P. Field in Nashville.
Here’s what UK officials had to say about the four-year deal:
“Congratulations to Western Kentucky on becoming the state’s thirdÃ‚Â program in the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision. The game presentsÃ‚Â an opportunity for people across the Commonwealth to continue watchingÃ‚Â athletes they saw playing in high school and their progression in theÃ‚Â collegiate game. It creates the opportunity to travel to a venue knownÃ‚Â by many UK fans – the Titan’s stadium at LP Field in Nashville, Tenn.” UK athletics director Mitch Barnhart said. “Our fans had a great time with all the hospitality Nashville offered theÃ‚Â last two times we visited for the Music City Bowl and I am very muchÃ‚Â appreciative of all the efforts of Wood Selig and Scott Ramsey to makeÃ‚Â this series work. We look forward to an exciting series against theÃ‚Â Hilltoppers.”
Kentucky coach Rich Brooks is excited to have Western on the schedule for four years.
“This will be a very good series for both schools and certainly greatÃ‚Â for our fans in the western part of Kentucky. We really enjoyed ourÃ‚Â experiences in the back-to-back Music City Bowls in 2006 and 2007 and weÃ‚Â look forward to returning to that venue,” Brooks said.