LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - First-year Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops and fourth-year Louisville head coach Charlie Strong talked about the football rivalry, although the annual matchup won't happen until September 14th.
"Let's face it, it's important. All you folks are here to talk about one game that's the third game into the season," said Stoops to a media gathering at Hurstbourne Country Club.
Strong agreed with Stoops' assessment of the magnitude of the game. The Cardinals have beaten UK the last two years.
"It's big because it's an in-state game. You look at two major universities within the state. You love this game," Strong said.
There's talk that scheduling issues and the possible addition of extra conference games could put the rivalry contest in jeopardy.
"We'll go to 10, who cares?" said U of L athletic director Tom Jurich when asked about the possibility of teams playing 9 conference games each year. "This is not something that's sacrificial to me. This is a game that's too important for the state."
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