- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - Southern Mississippi and Kentucky have announced a two-game football series that begins in 2016 with a game in Lexington, Kentucky.

The Wildcats will make the return trip to Southern Miss in 2017. The series was announced by Southern Miss on Tuesday afternoon.

It will be the first time Southern Miss has hosted a Southeastern Conference program besides Mississippi or Mississippi State.

Southern Miss athletic director Bill McGillis said the school had been discussing the series with Kentucky for a few months and he’s “excited for our team and certainly excited for our fans.”

Kentucky has won the only two meetings in series history, with the last coming in 1986. Both games were played in Lexington.

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