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Louisville signs 3-game series to play Western Kentucky

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Louisville and Western Kentucky have agreed to a three-game series in football beginning in 2018 that will feature two games at Papa John's Stadium in Louisville, Kentucky, and a neutral-site game in Nashville, Tennessee, in 2019. 

The two schools, located 60 miles apart, first played in 1922 and have played 31 times, the most recent in 1998. 

"It's great for both schools that we were able to resume this series against an in-state school of Western Kentucky's caliber," Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich said in a news release. "Because of the proximity of both schools, I think it's a tremendous win for the state of Kentucky and each fan base. I'm thrilled we were able to lock down a three-game series versus WKU. "

Louisville coach Bobby Petrino spent one year at Western Kentucky (2013) after he was fired at Arkansas for an inappropriate relationship with a female staffer.  

Hilltoppers coach Jeff Brohm is a former Louisville quarterback and offensive coordinator who followed Petrino to Western Kentucky and served as a coordinator before being promoted to head coach.

Louisville won the most recent game 68-34 in 1998 and holds a 19-12 all-time lead in the series. 

-- John Silver

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