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Stoops, Petrino will stress keeping composure

Don’t expect there to be any pregame shenanigans from either side this season the way there was when Kentucky and Louisville met last season at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.

“We just have to focus on playing football really,” Mark Stoops said. “Really not looking forward to any of that to be honest with you.”

It is something Stoops and Louisville coach Bobby Petrino both plan to address with their respective teams before Saturday’s game at Commonwealth Stadium.

“We don’t need to do that, we need to worry about playing football and I will talk to the team about that,” Stoops said of the melees broke out in pregame warmups between the rivals.

Petrino said something similar on Monday.

“None of us want to see that,” the Louisville head coach said. “That's not how it should be in football. It's always hard for me to understand, when there's a big game on the line, someone going out and getting a 15-yard penalty.”

Petrino said he was proud of several of his players for the way they handled themselves after various melees broke out.

“There were some guys who were surrounded and kept their poise, got hit the facemask and didn't do anything back,” Petrino said. “So I was proud of the poise we had.”