Breeders’ Cup keeping Vols out of Lex Friday night


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – UK and UT are all set for the big Halloween showdown on the SEC Network.

Kick time between the Cats and Vols is set for 7:30.

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SEC Nation is in town as well and will be live tomorrow morning from outside Commonwealth Stadium.

UT head coach Butch Jones and the Cols are staying in Ohio tonight because, as it turns out, all the hotel rooms in Lexington…and around central Kentucky for that matter…are taken because of the Breeders’ Cup.

The nearest place big enough to house Tennessee for the night?  All the way up north near Cincinnati.

Coach Jones also pulled a few strings from his days as the Bearcats head coach in Cincy to use the Bengals’ facilities for a private walk-through in the morning.

As for the game…what does Jones see from the Cats on “D?”

Hear from the UT head man in the video.

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Alex Risen joined the ABC 36 News team in October of 2011 as ABC 36’s Weekend Sports Anchor/ Sports Reporter. Alex can also be seen Friday nights co-anchoring the Highschool Highlight Reel. Alex started out in the broadcast business while still in college at the University of Kentucky, heading up the school’s daily student news network as the Sports Director. He made his commercial televsion debut in May of 2011 while at WYMT in Hazard, Kentucky as co-host of a weekly, half-hour high school sports program previewing area schools’ games on Friday nights and as a morning sports anchor. Alex has also spent time as an intern at ESPN in the Statistics and Analysis department, as a production assistant for NBC Sports horse racing and Sunday Night Football productions, and as an intern for WLKY in his hometown of Louisville, KY. Alex graduated from Saint Xavier High School in 2007 and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism and Political Science from the University of Kentucky in 2010 where he graduated magna cum laude from the Honors Program. He’s excited to be covering his passion in his home state and make Central Kentucky his home for years to come. Alex can be reached at