Kentucky schedules Redhawks

Published 3:29 am Wednesday, April 15, 2009

CINCINNATI (AP) — Kentucky will cross the Ohio River to play Miami University this fall, a prelude to a recruiting battle that both coaches relish.

Kentucky coach Rich Brooks said Tuesday there’s a lot of high school football talent in the Cincinnati area, one of the reasons why the Wildcats are looking forward to the Sept. 5 game against the RedHawks in Paul Brown Stadium, the home of the National Football League Cincinnati Bengals.

As the northernmost school in the Southeastern Conference, Kentucky has to do a better job of recruiting Cincinnati because it’s so close, he said at a news conference with Miami coach Mike Haywood.

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‘‘We know that every time we step across the river, we’re getting into Big Ten country, so we need to sell the SEC,’’ he said.

Haywood, a former Notre Dame offensive coordinator who was hired at Miami in December, has no players from Kentucky on his spring roster. He’s hoping to raise awareness about the RedHawks with possible recruits on both sides of the river.

‘‘This is a great opportunity for us to get some kids to think more about Miami,’’ said Haywood.