Kentucky coach Mark Stoops looks to avoid dust-up with Louisville this year
A year after the Kentucky and Louisville football teams got into an altercation last year before kickoff, people are still talking about it.
The Wildcats traveled to Louisville for the 2014 season finale — a game they lost 44-40 — and emotions ran high before the game even started, with a shoving match breaking out at midfield. Louisville coach Bobby Petrino and Kentucky assistant coach Dan Berezowitz were involved as the rivalry reached its peak prior to kickoff.
This year, with the rivalry game being played at Kentucky, coach Mark Stoops knows tensions will be high again. But he’s hoping to avoid a situation like last year’s.
“We’ve just got to focus on playing football,” he said in his press conference Monday. “Really not looking forward to any of that to be honest with you.”
Kentucky also has bowl eligibility on the line. A five-game losing skid has made this game a must-win for the Wildcats if they want to extend their season.
Asked if he would talk to his team about avoiding altercations this time, Stoops said he would.
“I will. I will. Definitely don’t think there’s any part in that,” he said. “We don’t need to do that. We need to worry about playing football, and I will talk to them about that. It’s about execution.”