Those hoping to see what a Kentucky football offense under new coordinator Shannon Dawson or a Kentucky defense without its star defensive ends will look like will have to wait until September.
Construction at Commonwealth Stadium is going to keep UK from having its annual Blue-White spring game this April, a team spokesman told the Herald-Leader on Friday.
The school looked at multiple off-campus venue options as UK finishes a $120 million renovation project at Commonwealth Stadium, but several factors made those unfeasible, spokesman Tony Neely said.
Hosting a game away from the university raises several issues, including the potential of coaches and players interacting off campus with prospective student athletes and their families, which is an NCAA violation.
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"We looked at it altogether and it didn't add up for us to play a spring game this year," he said.
It's at least the first time since 1995 that UK will not play a scrimmage to wrap up spring practices, but Neely wasn't sure if it's the only time in school history.
The school is still working out a schedule for spring practices and Neely anticipated that there will be several open practice opportunities for fans that will be announced at a later date.
Cancelling a spring game is not unprecedented. While Kyle Field has been under construction, Texas A&M went without a spring game in 2014 and will again this spring.