Kentucky last played Miami(OH) in 1991 and squeaked out a 23-20 victory. This was during a period in Miami football when they were playing at or near the top of the MAC conference. Historically, they have a league record 14 MAC titles. These days the Cradle of Coaches is nowhere near that level; having finished at the bottom of the conference last year with a 2-10 (1-7) record.
Playing Kentucky to kick off their bicentenial year will be the second year they begin with an SEC opponent. Last year Vanderbilt bested the Redhawks 34-13.
At the end of the 2008 season their head coach resigned and Michael Haywood was named head coach. Coach Haywood's most recent position was four years as Offensive Coordinator for Notre Dame and held varoius coaching titles at Ball State, LSU and Texas prior to Notre Dame.
Miami's roster is primarily filled with players from Ohio; although, they have pulled in a few players from Georgia, Tennessee and as far as Texas. Interestingly, there are no players from Kentucky on the roster.
Some of last years stats (Miami #s given first then opponents):
Points per game: 18.4 32.7
Rushing Yards/Game: 107 208
Passing Yards/Game: 218 187
We could go on with stats long enough to give forty a smile but last year means nothing. The Redhawks are different, the Cats are different and it'll all get worked out on the field. At least, we now know a little about them.