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Wednesday afternoon notes

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It's been a little quiet around the office over the past week with so many UK teams on the road, but that's all about to change. Men's soccer kicks off a busy weekend with a home game on Wednesday at 7 p.m. against Conference USA rival Marshall. It's a wonderful evening, so head on over to the UK Soccer Complex to see a very entertaining team take the field. On Friday at 7 p.m., volleyball and women's soccer each will be in action, with Craig Skinner's Cats taking the floor in Memorial Coliseum for a game against Ole Miss and Jon Lipsitz's bunch facing off against Arkansas.

More games are to follow, with men's soccer continuing its home stand on Saturday vs. UAB. Women's soccer plays again Sunday at 1 p.m. against LSU while volleyball faces Alabama at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Check your calendar and come out to support the Cats.

In the mean time, here are a few notes for a late Wednesday afternoon:

  • The aforementioned women's soccer team attained a milestone today as the Cats were ranked in the top 10 of the RPI rankings for the first time in program history. The Wildcats (9-3-0, 2-2-0 SEC) have already played nine games this season against opponents rated among the RPI's top 100, winning six. UK has faced a brutal schedule this season, including five in a row on the road before returning home this week. The Cats have a long road ahead, but a strong start to the season has the team in position to advance to the SEC and NCAA Tournaments.

  • Finally, UK's Mitch Barnhart and athletic directors from around the SEC met Wednesday at the league office in Birmingham, Ala., to plan for the integration of new conference member Texas A&M into the league. Here is the statement issued by the league office.

"Today's meeting of the SEC athletic directors was planned immediately following the announcement of Texas A&M joining the league.  The purpose of the meeting was to integrate Texas A&M into the Southeastern Conference and plan for a 13-team schedule for all sports in 2012-13.  The transition team from the SEC office made its initial report in this meeting to the athletics directors with the focus on scheduling and championship formats.  The SEC is excited to have Texas A&M in the league and looks forward to having the Aggies compete in the SEC next year."

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