A reporter asked Kentucky offensive coordinator Joker Phillips if senior Tony Dixon was happy over the fact that the UK running rotation is down to two guarantees him more carries.
"You'd have to ask Tony that," Phillips said. "But I wouldn't imagine he's too upset."
UK lost its third-string tailback, Moncell Allen, who is academically ineligible for the bowl.
Dixon and junior Alfonso Smith are the only two scholarship tailbacks on the trip, although Phillips said fullback John Conner could get some touches if the offense needs a third ball carrier.
"We've still got two solid backs, and only one of them can carry it," Phillips said. "We'll be fine. Tony's carried the ball a lot here for us and had some success, and the same with Alfonso. We've had a lot of injuries and lost a few guys the last couple of years.
"We've got the attitude that if somebody goes down, we don't flinch."
Dixon said that while he hated to see the team lose Allen, he welcomes the chance to carry a heavier load.
"That's what you come here for," Dixon said. "Plus, this is my last game; I definitely want to be a big factor."
The Hudson Show
The Liberty Bowl probably should have considered hiring ECU defensive coordinator Greg Hudson to sell tickets.
A family was having a post-Christmas party in a room adjacent to where Hudson and several East Carolina defensive players were having a news conference. Apparently the audio feed was carrying over to the party room, and a woman then stuck her head in the door and said, "You guys know we can hear everything you're saying, don't you?"
The woman left and returned to the other room, and then Hudson slightly changed his voice and resumed speaking in the microphone, saying: "Can you hear me? We have you surrounded. Come out with your hands up."
Hudson then added, "Maybe they'll buy a ticket for the game now."
The Commercial Appeal ran a story in Wednesday's edition about Chris Mosby, a UK recruit from Memphis who was killed in an automobile accident three years ago on New Year's Eve.
Mosby's parents, Richard and Moana, are planningon attending the game onFriday.