Mark Stoops is your new football coach. The biggest impression taken from his press conference was that he is genuinely excited and appreciative of the opportunity to be the University of Kentucky’s head football coach. Stoops appeared a little nervous at first, but once he got into the question and answer portion– he nailed it. When he dropped a well-played line about Louisville, many people agreed that he had officially “won the press conference.”
Nick Roush will be by shortly to bring you up to speed on all of the highlights from today’s press conference. Stoops did have a strong message for the Big Blue Nation, “I cannot tell you how excited I am to be your football coach. I am highly motivated to build this program to national prominence.” His first request? “The one thing I ask you to do…I ask the Big Blue Nation to fill Commonwealth Stadium each and every week.”
According to Mitch Barnhart, Stoops’ contract is for roughly $11 million dollars over a 5-year span. Incentives have been built in as well, including a $100,000 for each SEC win after the first one in a season.