Still bad blood between Auburn, Kentucky?

Nearly a year to the day since demolishing Auburn 97-53, which included an early 24-2 run and a 30-point halftime lead, Kentucky will face the Tigers on their turf.

It was what happened after the first half last season that had the Tigers’ first-year coach upset after the game, which included 30 Auburn turnovers.

“I thought it was pretty unclassy to continue to press when you’re up by 46 points,” Coach Terri Williams-Flournoy said after the loss, which included what appeared to be a heated discussion between members of UK’s staff and an Auburn assistant. “We’re a pressing team also, but at some point we take the press off because at some point it’s not respectful of the other team.”

Mitchell fired back later: “I’m not going to spend any time with that kind of comment. … Anybody who is unfamiliar with how we play and what our goals are, that’s their problem and not mine.”

When asked about last year’s brouhaha heading into this game at Auburn, Mitchell said the air has  been cleared.

“We were able to repair any damage that was done that day in our relationship,” he said, noting that he’d been friendly with Williams-Flournoy when she was a Georgia assistant before taking over the Tigers.

“I’ve got a ton of respect for her and what she’s accomplished in her career, what she’s accomplishing right now with Auburn and how much their team has improved this year is impressive. I think that’s all good.”

About Jennifer Smith

Jen Smith has been a sports writer at the Herald-Leader since 2000, covering everything from high school sports to auto racing to various University of Kentucky sports. A native of Louisville and a graduate of the University of Kentucky (much to the dismay of her Louisville graduate mother and Indiana graduate father), Jen now resides in downtown Lexington with her husband and two young sons. You can follow her on Twitter @jenheraldleader or send her an email at jsmith3@herald-leader.com.
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