Nov 9, 2013; Lexington, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats head coach Mark Stoops during the game against the Missouri Tigers at Commonwealth Stadium. Missouri defeated Kentucky 47-17. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Kentucky Football: Mark Stoops, Wildcats agree to contract extension

The Kentucky Wildcats have made some major strides with their football program since Mark Stoops took over as head coach, and he has received a contract extension in exchange for his work so far.

Kentucky released a statement on Tuesday to confirm the deal.

“We are excited about the enthusiasm and recruiting success that Mark and his staff have brought to our football program,” Kentucky athletic director Mitch Barnhart said in the statement. “We had the nation’s second-largest increase in attendance last season and we have had the two largest spring-game attendances in school history (in 2013 and 2014).

“In recruiting, Mark and his tireless assistant coaches have made an obvious impact with their first two classes and that momentum is carrying forward for 2015.”

There may not be success on the field just yet, but Stoops’ success in recruiting should lead to the team consistently improving throughout the next few years as he plays out the remainder of his deal.

Stoops’ extension adds two years onto his original two-year deal and he will now be under contract through June 30, 2019.


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