Lumpkin on UK-UL rivalry

Few out of state players understand the Kentucky-Louisville rivalry better than UK defensive tackle Ricky Lumpkin, a Clarksville, Tenn., native.

Few out of state players understand the Kentucky-Louisville rivalry better than UK defensive tackle Ricky Lumpkin, a Clarksville, Tenn., native.

First, he lived only about two minutes from the Kentucky border. Second, he almost went to Louisville before deciding to come to Kentucky. "I did come close to going to Louisville. I met a lot of them (players) on my visit. They were like, ‘Come here. I promise you we are going to do great things.' They kept saying the same thing that we will win. I didn't go and first year when they beat us, they were in my ear. ‘I told you. You are stupid. You made the wrong decision.' I was like, ‘Okay, whatever.' The last two years now it has flipped and I don't say nothing. I am content and happy because I know every year will be a battle out there," said Lumpkin Monday.

Actually, Lumpkin had to accept a little trash talking in high school just for signing with Kentucky at a time when Louisville was dominating the series and was the team making national headlines.

"I heard it a lot when I got here about how good Louisville was, but I heard it back in high school. Everyone was like, ‘Why are you going there? Louisville is doing this, doing that. They are going to this BCS game. Kentucky is this and they are not going to do nothing.' I am like, ‘Okay, watch.' Then we played them my freshman year when I redshirted and they beat us badly," Lumpkin said. "I had to go get ready to hear it and everyone kept talking about it. ‘What are you doing? You went to the wrong school.'

"Then the last two years when we beat them, it was like, ‘Wow. You made the right decision.' I can understand how they (Louisville players) feel, especially their freshmen who are hearing how they used to beat us like that. There's no telling what they will do. They will come in here blazing and trying to get the win. But we are not going to let that happen."


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