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Stoops, Strong, and players not downplaying the rivalry

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During this morning’s weekly press conferences, both Charlie Strong and Mark Stoops refused to downplay the importance of Saturday’s game. Stoops said that while every game is important, he’s never going to shy away from a rivalry:

“Well, again, our players need to understand that every week is important, and we will be very systematic in our approach. But I’m never going to shy away from a big game and a rivalry, let’s put it that way. We know it’s important.”

Charlie Strong agreed, telling reporters that this week’s game carries “a little more significance than others”:

“It’s a major test this week for us. If you look at our schedule, some games carry a little more significance than others and this is one of them. This isn’t just a rivalry game, but our first road test.”

How about the players? Senior running back Jonathan George said he’s ready for one last shot at the Cards:

“It’s a bitter rivalry and the word ‘love’ won’t be thrown around too loosely when you put both teams together in the same sentence and you know we’re going to come out this week and senior leaders, older guys such as myself need to kind of put a little extra emphasis on this game because it is a big game. It’s the Governor’s Cup, it’s basically the title for the state, so we need to come out and be focused and be ready to play Saturday.”

George is also doing his part to educate the new players on the importance of the annual in-state showdown:

“I think when those guys first got here, when they first got here, we kind of emphasized kind of like the basics of Kentucky football and beating Louisville is one of those main goals and I feel like guys know by now from some of the things you see on social networks and you hear people on campus talking about it and if you’re on Twitter, you’re seeing it right now: Louisville week and Louisville hate week and stuff like that, so I feel like the freshmen have a good gist of what this game means to our program.”

Georgia native Bud Dupree admitted that because he’s not from Kentucky, his dislike for Louisville isn’t as strong as some of his teammates; however, he says getting the Governor’s Cup back is a huge deal:

“Oh, yeah, we’ve gotta get it back. We’ve got to bring the Governor’s Cup back to Lexington. That’s another thing the teammates, my teammates have already been talking about: just bring the Governor’s Cup back to Lexington and win it for the team, ourselves and the fans, too. Just big (for) confidence.”

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14 Comments for Stoops, Strong, and players not downplaying the rivalry



  1. ukfan
    4:35 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

    I just don’t want us to get blown out, please, anything but that.



  2. Mark
    4:37 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

    Yes, as long as we keep it respectable.



  3. rick
    4:50 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

    Most of my card buddies think they are going to blow us out and they could. Its still lots of fun and i ‘m not into hoping we don’t get blown out i hope we win. It won’ be much to brag about saying , yeah they only beat us by 7, now Alabama maybe but not the lowley cards.



  4. Maxwell
    4:59 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

    Max Smith 22/30 425 yards 4 TDs.
    Kentucky wins 42-39



  5. UKBlue
    5:01 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

    Hello, this is the only game on UL schedule that carries any significance.



  6. Robert Morris
    5:12 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

    UKBlue said:

    Hello, this is the only game on UL schedule that carries any significance.

    Robert Morris said: That’s the same thing we said when we faced sUcKs.



  7. rainman
    5:42 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

    For once we’re the ones in a “no lose” situation!
    Beat us and you are supposed to, BUT lose, and you will NEVER hear the end of it!
    I CAN’T WAIT!!! All the pressure is on the Tardinals, DON’T let it get to you!!
    Ha ha ha ha ha

    BTW, did I say that LOSERVILLE SUKS?



  8. Charlie Strong
    6:01 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

    Please let me and my fans enjoy my last season at UL. I will be in Florida or Texas next year. UL will be in a new conference with a new coach and without Teddy Bridgewater. I feel bad for them, so please allow me and my boys our day in the sun in Commonwealth Stadium this year. I feel sorry for the Cards if they continue to play UK in 2015 forward–with 3 Stoops top 10 recruiting classes filling out a real SEC roster. I am glad I will be in Florida where I can compete and not stuck in Louisville.



  9. Lol @ uoflol
    6:41 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

    #6 you just compared your tardinals to Robby mo. Glad even you delusional fans realize your d2 schedule.



  10. bigcatstanding
    8:13 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

    I just hope they don’t run the score up on us



  11. bigcatstanding
    8:15 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

    Maybe we can move our entire defense into the secondary and hold “THE” Teddy Bridgewater to 4 TD’s?



  12. bigcatstanding
    8:17 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

    I’m scared:(



  13. bigcatstanding
    9:56 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

    I better get my tardnal trolling in now….if we lose I wont be on here for a year.



  14. cheercat9
    10:38 am September 10, 2013 Permalink

    You always prepare to WIN,you never prepare to LOSE. GO CATS!