Louisville, KY (WDRB) – The Governor’s Cup luncheon is set for Wednesday at Hurstbourne Country Club. The governor of Kentucky is scheduled to be there. Louisville Cardinals football coach Bobby Petrino is also scheduled to attend.
University of Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops will not take part.
UK spokesman Tony Neely tells WDRB Sports that Stoops did not think it made sense to attend a news conference for a game that was nearly four months away and spend an entire day taking part in the other activities during preseason preparations.
Neely says he was surprised to hear that organizers of the event were still advertising that both head coaches would be attending for a golf scramble and a news conference.
“We had talked to them about it several months ago and told them he (Stoops) wasn’t coming to the event,” Neely said.
Neely says Stoops felt it wasn’t “the wisest investment of his time.” Neely says that was the case especially since Stoops will be coming to Louisville Friday for the annual UK kickoff luncheon.
UofL spokesman Rocco Gasparro tells WDRB Sports that Petrino and the Cardinal staff will keep their commitment to the event.
“We planned on attending because of our relationship with Kroger and how important it is to football in the state,” says Gasparro.
He says Kroger provides scholarship money for both schools and that the money raised at events surrounding the Governor’s Cup luncheon benefit Dare to Care and other charities.
Gasparro says there may not be a formal news conference as in years past, but that Petrino would have an informal media availablity with those in attendance.
UK and UofL are scheduled to meet November 29th at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.
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