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Kentucky Wildcats and Southern Miss agree to home-and-home series

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Southern Miss replaces UAB on Kentucky's 2016 schedule.

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The Kentucky Wildcats have a new football opponent for the next two years.

According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, Kentucky will face the Southern Miss Golden Eagles on the gridiron in each of the next two seasons:

In a contract obtained by the Herald-Leader, UK has signed a home-and-home deal with Southern Mississippi, which will get $200,000 for the guarantee game in Lexington.

The Cats needed an opponent for 2016 to replace UAB after their program disbanded this past year. Even though it was reinstated on Monday, there's no word o when they'll be able to play games again, and UK needs to schedule an opponent soon.

After hosting USM in 2016, UK will travel to the Golden Eagles' 36,000 seat stadium in Hattiesburg in 2017. They've won just four games in total over the past three years after reaching a bowl game in 10 straight seasons. Todd Monken is now the head coach of USM.