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The annual Governor’s Cup event is tomorrow


The Governor’s Cup event is tomorrow and lucky for you, our own Freddie Maggard will be on site to give you all the details you could ever want. This is the event’s 23rd year and the Kroger Company has the honor of celebrating and sponsoring the famed football rivalry held in Frankfort between our own Kentucky Wildcats and the dirty birds Cardinals of Louisville.

Though the game isn’t until the end of the season, the reception is still held in June. Tom Leach and Paul Rogers will co-Emcee the event at the Governor’s Mansion which will feature a reception and auction.  UK & UL memorabilia and a twenty-three year old bottle of Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon will be featured at the auction.

This year’s event will honor our own Rich Brooks, as well as Louisville’s John L. Smith. Additional honorees include Deion Branch, Jeremy Jarmon, Jim Kovach and Mark Sander.

Thanks to The Kroger Company, both schools will benefit academically and receive $10,000 to their respective general scholarship funds. After 23 years of sponsoring this event, Kroger has racked up a donation total of $460,000 combined to the University of Kentucky and University of Louisville. This year’s Governor’s Cup will also benefit the Dare to Care organization and God’s Pantry Food Banks.

Be sure to check back with us tomorrow for updates on the annual event that brings Kentucky and Louisville together for a great cause.

Article written by Kelsey Mattingly

Drew Franklin is my spirit animal. @kelseyKSR

4 Comments for The annual Governor’s Cup event is tomorrow

  1. 25OR624
    12:46 pm June 5, 2016 Permalink

    Why in the hurl would uavel honor John L. Smith?

    Didn’t he accept the Michigan Sate gig during a uavel bowl game (and never returned for the 2nd half)?

    • dshwildcats
      3:38 pm June 5, 2016 Permalink


      If I remember correctly, news leaked at halftime of that bowl game that Smith was taking the job at Michigan State. But, we are talking about the school and fan base that welcomed Bobby Petrino back with open arms! The same Petrino that flirted with multiple schools during his first tenure at Louisville. This included his infamous secret meeting with Auburn officials while his former boss, Tommy Tuberville, was still the Auburn coach. He lied about this meeting to Jurich until it was discovered that he actually did meet with Auburn offiicials.

      This is the same Petrino that walked out on the Falcons with 3 games remaining in his first, and only, season in Atlanta. How did the Falcon players find out their coach had left in the middle of the night and taken the job at Arkansas? He left notes in their lockers. What a class act!

      A big segment of the Louisville fan base doesn’t care how they win, or how they may look to the rest of the nation. Besides, TJ has promised them that Petrino is a “changed man”, and if Jurich tells them something, they have no reason, or inclination to question it.

      While they were so busy telling people what a dirty program Calipari was running at Kentucky, parties with strippers and hookers were going on in the basketball dorm of their own school over a four year period, and no one supposedly knew about it. The reaction I saw from many Louisville fans when this scandal broke back in October: it’s not that big of a deal! Every other school is doing the same thing; and, they are probably doing worse at Kentucky!

      You must have mistaken the Louisville fan base for one that actually cares about ethics, morals, etc.

  2. BluKudzu
    7:57 pm June 5, 2016 Permalink

    This has to be extremely humiliating for the great recruiter, having to attend this function and know he has no chance of ever winning. Kudos to him for going, and suffering through year after year.
    Game will be over by halftime, if that long. The gap is getting wider every year.
    I do hope I am wrong.

    • dshwildcats
      8:28 am June 6, 2016 Permalink


      You act like Stoops has been going to this event for 20 years now! Lol!! This coming November will only be Stoops’ fourth time facing Louisville. His first year (2013), an outmanned Kentucky team gave Louisville all it wanted in the first half, and only lost by 14 to a Louisville team that had Teddy Bridgewater running the show at QB. Louisville looked very “pedestrian” that game.

      In 2014, Kentucky went in to PJCS and took Louisville to the wire. The Cats had a legitimate chance to win that game. Towles’ INT inside the last minute sealed the deal. That Louisville team was 8-3 coming into that game.

      Last year was probably the one that was hardest to take. Jumping all over Louisville in the 1st quarter, and having them down 21-0 in the blink of an eye, only to end up losing 38-24. The most concerning thing about that game was the statement from Josh Forrest afterwards (and later confirmed by DJ Eliot himself), when he said that they didn’t really spend much time preparing for Lamar Jackson. That was alarming! You didn’t spend that much time preparing for a running QB, when your defense traditionally has had trouble with running QBs!! Poor coaching aside, you talk as if we are playing Alabama, Oklahoma, Ohio State, etc., that last game of the season, brother. Don’t give the Cards too much credit! Their fans have been doing that for 30+ years now! Yes, we have some catching up to do with the Cards. But, to act as if we’ll never beat them again is a little bit overblown. Louisville has lost 8 out of the last 9 meetings with Kentucky in basketball. But to hear their fans tell it, they have been the better team in most of those match-ups!

      If Louisville had beaten us by 30 points each of the last three seasons, I could understand all the pessimism. Heck, be more like the Louisville fans! Lol!! Florida State handled them easily last season, but if you read the comments of a lot of their fans, they are nipping at the heels of the Seminoles!