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UK, U of L football series announced, 1993

Posted on November 29, 2014 | in Uncategorized | by
University of Louisville football coach Howard Schnellenberger, left, and University of Kentucky football coach Bill Curry June 25, 1993 after a press conference announcing the two schools had finally agreed to play each other, in this case in a six-game series starting in 1994. After a seven-decade absence, the two schools played Sept. 3, 1994, in Commonwealth Stadium. Kentucky won, 20-14. Talks between UK and U of L broke down in 1991 when Kentucky insisted that because of its eight- game Southeastern Conference schedule, plus a longstanding, home-and-home agreement with Indiana, it could not financially enter into another home-and- home series, especially with a school whose stadium seated only 38,000. But Louisville's drive to build a new 50,000-seat facility altered UK's thinking and a deal was struck in 1993. At the press conferecne announcing the deal to play each other, Schnellenberger and U of L Athletic Director Bill Olsen said that it was "50-50" U of L's new stadium would be completed by 1995. Turns out Papa John's Cardinal Stadium would not open until 1998. Photo by Charles Bertram | staff

Louisville football coach Howard Schnellenberger, left, and Kentucky football coach Bill Curry at a news conference on June 25, 1993, announcing that the two schools had finally agreed to play each other. After a seven-decade absence, the two schools played Sept. 3, 1994, in Commonwealth Stadium. Kentucky won, 20-14. Talks between UK and U of L had broken down in 1991 when Kentucky insisted that because of its eight- game Southeastern Conference schedule, plus a longstanding home-and-home agreement with Indiana, it could not financially enter into another home-and-home series, especially with a school whose stadium seated only 38,000. Louisville’s drive to build a new 50,000-seat stadium altered UK’s thinking, and a deal was struck in 1993. At the news conference, Schnellenberger and U of L Athletics Director Bill Olsen said that it was “50-50” whether U of L’s new stadium would be completed by 1995. As it turned out, Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium would not open until 1998. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff

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