Thursday, January 30, 2003

UK adds Murray St. to football schedule

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Murray State has replaced Florida Atlantic and coach Howard Schnellenberger on Kentucky's 2003 football schedule, which was released on Wednesday.

The Wildcats were tentatively scheduled to play the Owls on Sept. 6 at Commonwealth Stadium. Instead, Kentucky will play the Racers for the first time.

A Division I-A team can count a victory over a Division I-AA team once every four years as one of its six wins required for bowl eligibility. But the I-AA team must have averaged at least 60 scholarship players over a three-year period.

The Owls, who played their first season in 2001, fail to meet that requirement.

The big draw to that game would have been Schnellenberger, who played tight end for Kentucky from 1952-55 and coached Louisville from 1985-94.

Kentucky plays Louisville on Aug. 30, opening with the Cardinals for the ninth straight season. The Murray State game precedes road trips to Alabama (Sept. 13) and Indiana (Sept. 20).

The Wildcats return home to play Florida on Sept. 27 and then have an off week before playing at South Carolina on Oct. 11.

Kentucky then has three straight home games with Ohio (Oct. 18), Mississippi State (Oct. 25) and Arkansas (Nov. 1) before one more open date.

The Wildcats finish with road games at Vanderbilt (Nov. 15) and Georgia (Nov. 22) before returning home for their traditional final regular-season game with Tennessee (Nov. 29).

The schedule (Times to be announced):

Aug. 30-Louisville

Sept. 6-Murray State

Sept. 13-at Alabama

Sept. 20-at Indiana

Sept. 27-Florida

Oct. 11-at South Carolina

Oct. 18-Ohio

Oct. 25-Mississippi State

Nov. 1-Arkansas

Nov. 15-at Vanderbilt

Nov. 22-at Georgia

Nov. 29-Tennessee

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