Kentucky extends football coach Mark Stoops

Cesar Tordesillas – 4E Sports Contributor

Lexington, KY, United States (4E Sports) – Kentucky second-year football coach Mark Stoops was rewarded with a contract extension up to 2018 and a raise that will earn him $2.5 million in 2017 and $2.65 million in 2018.

He now has five years remaining on his deal.

Stoops made significant strides on recruitment and in attracting attendance in the games.

He was able to win several key in-state recruiting battles with Louisville, most notably landing quarterback Drew Barker and defensive tackle Matt Elam.

Kentucky’s 2014 signing class was ranked 20th nationally by ESPN and included eight four-star prospects.

Under Stoops, the Wildcats’ last two spring games drew crowds in excess of 50,000 and 35,000, and attendance at Commonwealth Stadium for Kentucky home games last year increased by nearly 10,000.

Kentucky athletic director Mitch Barnhart noted that they had the nation’s second-largest increase in attendance last season, and had the two largest spring game attendances in school history.

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