When Kentucky defeated Louisville inside Kroger Field Saturday afternoon, the Cats beat their biggest rival and clinched their seventh win of the season. That same number, seven, also has ramifications for the Cats’ head coach, Mark Stoops, according to a new report by USA Today.
UK’s seventh win of the season triggered an automatic one-year contract extension for Mark Stoops. That sets the “end” to his contract at June 30, 2026. He’s now set to earn $6.25 million in that additional year. His contract reportedly calls for him to earn 75 percent of all scheduled, annual pay if he is ever fired without cause, which means his new “guaranteed” value for that extra year is just over 4.5 million dollars.
Last week’s win over UT Martin also earned Stoops a $100,000 bonus for becoming bowl eligible.
USA Today has been tracking college football’s bonuses and contract extensions all year. Louisville’s Scott Satterfield, Tennessee’s Jeremy Pruitt and Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher also earned $100,000 for their teams’ sixth wins, while Penn State’s James Franklin brought in $200,000 for the same achievement.
To see the complete list of coaches and achievements, check out USA Today’s full list here.