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Stoops sees UK-UL rivalry continuing

Speaking to the Jefferson County UK Alumni Club Friday, UK coach Mark Stoops said he sees the Kentucky-Louisville rivalry continuing.

The two schools have played every year since 1994. With the possibility of the SEC moving to a nine game schedule, the future of the game has been questioned. Stoops believes the Cats and the Cards will continue to play.

"I think it's very important." said Stoops. "Anytime you're in-state rivalry, it's important. I think both groups, both institutions have such strong fans, fan base, that it's important to them, it's important to our players, it's important to us. There's no denying that."

Stoops will begin fall camp with his team August 4. Going into his second season at Kentucky, he's looking for more leadership on and off the field.

"Being more responsible, being more accountable and dependable to each other and to the program." said Stoops. "How we go about doing our business, how we prepare to win, how much time we put in to win. Are we paying the price? Throughout the summer and as we get into the season it'll be much the same way. We're not doing this to not win games."


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