Kentucky AD Doesn't Want Labor Day Game with Cardinals

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (AP) -- University of Kentucky athletic director Mitch Barnhart doesn't want the Wildcats opening the 2008 football season against Louisville on Labor Day night.

Barnhart said Tuesday during an event in Elizabethtown that playing the Cardinals on Sept. 1 wouldn't give the Wildcats enough time to prepare for their next game on Sept. 6 against Norfolk State.

Louisville coach Steve Kragthorpe said Monday he's hoping to play the Cardinals on Monday night because it would give both schools an opportunity to play in the national spotlight. The Cardinals are scheduled to play on Sept. 6 against Tennessee Tech.

The News-Enterprise in Elizabethtown reports that Barnhart said it's been traditional for the game to be played anytime from Thursday through Sunday.

Kentucky beat the Cardinals last season 40-34 in Lexington last year on a touchdown pass from Andre Woodson to Steve Johnson.

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