Wildcats Receive Formal Invitation

Dec. 13, 2008

Bowl Central

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Kentucky football team received the formal invitation to participate in the 50th AutoZone Liberty Bowl on Saturday afternoon, at Rupp Arena during halftime of the Indiana at Kentucky men's basketball game.

Perry Winstead, Chief Financial Officer of the Liberty Bowl, was on hand to make the invitation, which was accepted by Coach Rich Brooks and the Wildcats. The team received a standing ovation from the Rupp Arena crowd.

Kentucky, with a 6-6 record on the season, will take on East Carolina on Jan. 2, in Memphis, Tenn. The Pirates are 9-4 and qualified for the bowl as champion of Conference USA. This game will mark the 50th edition of the Liberty Bowl

Earlier in the day, Kentucky put in a two-hour practice at the Nutter Field House, with continued emphasis on fundamentals and the development of the younger Wildcats.

"It was good energy, good practice, we got a lot done," Brooks said. "They (the more inexperienced players) get a jumpstart on spring ball, on getting playing time next year. (They get ) A lot more fundamental work, improving their technique and knowing what they have to work on in the weight room, in conditioning or agility going into spring practice."

Brooks reiterated that freshman quarterback Randall Cobb continues to go through rehabilitation after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery on Dec. 2. His status for the bowl game remains uncertain, with a decision expected to be made the week of the game.