Kentucky’s Stoops receives extension

Kentucky's Mark Stoops

Cardinal Mooney grad Mark Stoops inherited a mess at Kentucky when he took over as head football coach. Following a 2-10 debut season last Fall, he’s getting some extra time to get things on track.

The university said in a statement Tuesday that the new agreement extends the current term from Dec. 31, 2017, to June 30, 2019.

He also receives a pay increase for the final two years of the deal.

In all, Stoops has five seasons remaining on the deal. He will reportedly make $2.1 million this season, $2.2 million next and $2.3 million in 2016. He will be paid $2.4 million to $2.5 million for 2017, and 2.65 million for the added year.

Under Stoops’ watch, Kentucky had the nation’s second-largest increase in attendance last season, averaging 59,472 fans per game.

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