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The North Carolina-Kentucky series isn’t done. Apparently, it’s just on hiatus.
After taking a break next season from the game that has been played for the past dozen years, Kentucky coach John Calipari announced Wednesday on his website, CoachCal.com, that the matchup will resume in 2013-14:
We are adding North Carolina back to the schedule for the 2013-14 season. The game will be played opposite of our Louisville series (when we play Louisville at home, we’ll play North Carolina on the road, and vice versa). Roy Williams and I both agreed this was a good year to take a break. We both look forward to continuing this series in 2013-14 for two more years and beyond.
The Wildcats are scheduled to play Louisville at home in '13-14, meaning UNC will host Kentucky the first year the series resumes.
In addressing UK fans -- many still displeased that that Indiana series won't continue -- Calipari emphasized the need to create "experiences," and not just games, within the schedule. He also stressed the importance of playing in neutral-site football venues each season to prepare for the NCAA tournament.
Perhaps that's why the UNC game might not be the only blue battle on the Wildcats’ slate. Wrote Calipari:.
I am currently in conversations with Coach K of Duke for a multi-year, neutral-based series that will be played around the country in the best facilities. The games would take place on the same weekend every year and would be THE GAME to watch.
Considering the Blue Devils are UNC’s chief rival, and that UNC-UK has often been early-season must-see TV in recent years, expect that last statement to tweak North Carolina fans a bit.
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The North Carolina-Kentucky series isn’t done. Apparently, it’s just on hiatus.After taking a break next season from the game that has been played for the past dozen years, Kentucky coach John Calipari announced Wednesday on his website, CoachCal.