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Mark Stoops sees no immediate end to Kentucky-Louisville rivalry


Reports have surfaced recently that Cincinnati would like to start a series with Kentucky and other reports have UK considering no longer playing Louisville annually in the future.

Stoops doesn’t see the UK-Louisville rivalry ending unless the SEC would go to a nine-game schedule, a proposal that was voted down this year by league officials. Stoops said Friday that “I do anticipate” the rivalry game staying part of UK’s schedule.

Louisville and UK play the final game this year, the first time that has happened since the series started back in 1994.

“Any time you’re an in-state rivalry, it’s important. I think both groups, both institutions have such strong fans and fan base, it’s important to them; it’s important to our players, it’s important to us. There’s no denying that,” Stoops said.

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  1. Larry Pup

    Keep the Louisville game!

    1. Edward

      I believe this series has done more to elevate Kentucky high school football and the general awareness of football than perhaps any other single enterprise. This game is important to the future growth of the sport in the Commonwealth. Keep the Louisville game. Go Big Blue!

  2. Larry Pup

    There is no doubt about that Edward, especially in the recruitment of Louisville HS football players, some of the best in the state in numbers of available Div. 1 talent. This game means so much to so many on both sides of the rivalry. UK has a strong Louisville Alumni and fan base.

  3. Nornan Inestine

    Agreed. This matchup is good for all involved. And with Louisville now moving to the ACC, it adds yet one more SEC / ACC rivalry game to that list, putting us in the company of some other mighty fine programs.

  4. RJ

    The Louisville game is a great measuring stick relative to how the UK team is progressing. Beating Louisville is a milestone. Once we can do that consistently, we can concentrate on being relevant in the SEC. If you can’t beat Louisville, forget about the SEC.

  5. David

    Drop the series! I hope not. Louisville is about to get their butts handed to them on an annual basis. I think we are going to beat them this year and at least the next 5 years after that. I can’t help feel very optimistic on where Coach Stoops is taking this team of ours. Go Cats.

    I still think coach should give Jason Hatcher a shot at middle linebacker this year, I just can’t let go of this idea, I still think he would help us there the most this year. Let try to win 7 this year.

    1. Edward

      David, I would like to have some of what you are drinking as I feel I could use a good dose of it. Bobby Petrino is in Louisville, do you think this will be his last year?

      1. Larry Pup

        I’ll say this, Mark Stoops better have his team prepared.

      2. Anonymous

        I read an article recently that said Petrino is having trouble recruiting. Now we all know he has been a great developer of talent but I am being optimistic that coach Stoops with a year under his belt and the training with high-performance coach Erik Korem I am banking on big improvements this year and years to follow. We beat Louisville and I would hope Coach Stoops gets a big raise at least equal to what Petrino is getting paid at Louisville. He received a seven-year contract with a base salary of $3.5 million. The deal includes a $10 million buyout for leaving that decreases after four years.

        I am going to be optimistic and hope and pray I am right. I am trying to schedule my RR to make at least 2 games this year. I will try to follow games online because AFN TV does not pick many Kentucky games up.

        As far as Bobby leaving Louisville, I don’t see that happening anytime soon. I think he is grateful to be back coaching at Louisville. Can’t see anybody paying 10 million to Louisville to get him.

      3. David

        He received a seven-year contract with a base salary of $3.5 million. The deal includes a $10 million buyout for leaving that decreases after four years. I cannot see anybody paying $10 million to Louisville to get him.

        I am optimistic on Kentucky and I haven’t been drinking anything, its not allowed in Afghanistan (alcohol) lol, I would like to have some Woodford Reserve though. Definitely going to have a few highballs when I come home for RR. I hope to make the Vandy game and the game after forget who we play afterwards.

        optimism is my middle name. Go Cats!!!!!

  6. David

    Sorry about the duplicate comment. I did not think my first comment went through. I guess because I did not put in my email and it came back anonymous.

    1. larryvaught

      no problem David

    2. Anonymous


  7. Norman Inestine

    You make as many duplicate comments as you like. You Sir, get a pass.

    Be careful over there Man.

    1. David

      Thank you Norman and to let you know I am surrounded by the best of the best. I will be careful always, these guys make sure of it. Its a small world here, there is 3 of us here from Kentucky and you know that us Kentucky boys know how to shoot. We track whats happening back home by reading Larry Vaughts Blog. Go Cats! Looking forward hearing how the football team is doing and I am predicting a great year with 7 wins not including our bowl victory.

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