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Mark Stoops earns contract extension for Louisville win

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.

Article written by Maggie Davis

I love sports, podcasts, long walks on the beach and Twitter (@MaggieDavisKSR)

27 Comments for Mark Stoops earns contract extension for Louisville win

  1. cats646
    2:24 pm December 1, 2019 Permalink

    Good!! Pay the man what he wants and keep him here forever!

  2. Drogon
    2:42 pm December 1, 2019 Permalink

    Good for coach. He deserves it.

  3. WKY Cat
    2:46 pm December 1, 2019 Permalink

    Well deserved.

  4. cats646
    2:52 pm December 1, 2019 Permalink

    Lamar just fumbled again. Lol

  5. 4everUKBlue
    2:58 pm December 1, 2019 Permalink

    Yep, he earned it. Let’s keep him.

  6. 4everUKBlue
    2:58 pm December 1, 2019 Permalink

    Oh and Benny Snell just scored a TD! Snell Yeah!!!

  7. zoupman
    4:29 pm December 1, 2019 Permalink

    Good for him. However, I hope contract goes both ways, and his buyout is increasing also.
    Don’t see him leaving. Hoping many good things ahead for both parties.

  8. Kevin C
    7:42 pm December 1, 2019 Permalink

    That’s great, really…but just like last year with Benny and Josh, this season would have been a disaster without LBJr. The hearts of those guys won most of the games the last few years, NOT the coaches. In fact, the close losses they’ve had that should have been wins, were nearly all 100% on the coaches and their poor decisions, in spite of all the hard work on the field from their players. This is EXACTLY the reason so many people agree that student-athletes should be compensated beyond their “scholarship”. Hell, they should at least be getting $$ held in a fund for them, that is guaranteed to be there for them if they have a career-ending injury, don’t get drafted, or especially if they graduate but don’t get a pro contract within 2 yrs of graduation. They made the school and it’s coaches million$ every year, so it’s only fair that they get something to show for their work. Regular scholarship students don’t generate a penny for their schools during their time at school, so the whole “it wouldn’t be fair to the other students” BS isn’t argument either.

    • The Big Lebowski
      12:07 am December 2, 2019 Permalink

      Who recruited them? Stoops and his Staff did. You have a circular and illogical argument for being negative about Stoops and his Staff. I don’t get why people like you love to tear everything down.

      Stoops is more successful at UK than any coach since The Bear.

      SINCE Paul “Bear” Bryant! That was in the ’50s.

      Oh…and he has put UK on probation to get them there.

      Collegiate Sports is all about recruiting. You have to have the players to win. Stoops is slowly building Kentucky Football Recruiting to a level that is respectable and to a level to compete with the Big Winning SEC Programs.

      Compensation to these athletes is a different conversation. After all, Coaches in the NFL do get paid to coach in the NFL, do they not. Stoops didn’t make the NCAA’s corrupt and greed driven policies. I’ve not heard him defend them either. Though, I didn’t go out looking for evidence either way.

      Regular scholarship students do generate money for schools. Federal Funding is one way. Some students bring in money in other ways. For instance, families may donate money. Students may donate money after graduating and becoming successful. Research students can also generate funding for their research. There are a myriad of ways that students at a university can generate funding for a university. Be informed before you speak out. Otherwise, you look foolish.

      Scholarship athletes should be afforded the opportunity to profit from their likeness and their talents beyond a simple scholarship for a myriad of reasons that have nothing to do with how much Stoops is paid or what funding might be generated by other non-athletic scholarship students.

    • The Big Lebowski
      12:08 am December 2, 2019 Permalink

      CORRECTION: Oh…and he has **NOT** put UK on probation to get them there.

    • 4everUKBlue
      12:37 am December 2, 2019 Permalink

      Kevin, if the Florida game is one of the close losses you’re talking about, I don’t recall seeing any of the coaches throw two interceptions or fumbling the ball, or missing a field goal. So how is that lost 100% the coaching staff’s fault?

    • 4everUKBlue
      9:11 am December 2, 2019 Permalink


    • Look Out Fireworks
      9:22 am December 2, 2019 Permalink

      UKBlue, I think Kevin is referring to the end of the Tennessee game when Stoops couldn’t move the ball one yard in four tries.

      That was Stoops running the ball, right? Or Gran?

  9. notFromhere
    9:46 pm December 1, 2019 Permalink

    ^^^ has nothing to do with his negotiated contract. Bowden wouldn’t have even considered UK with the staff we have and Stoops and Marrow specifically, so the whole post is BS.

    No one here is necessarily against paying the players or letting them profit from their own image and success. Deets need to be worked out and quickly as far as I’m concerned.

    No one is confused about what they’re getting from the current setup.

    The coaches earned this and I’m glas they got it. Looking forward to the bump up after this reset of a season

  10. Rick_S
    12:31 am December 2, 2019 Permalink

    I think it’s stupid to pay a coach 100k to win 6 games…Pay him 100k to finish top 2 in the SECE or 100k to finish ranked top 20…7-6 with 3-5 sec mark is not something to pay 100k for..

    • 4everUKBlue
      12:39 am December 2, 2019 Permalink

      You can always go root for Alabama or LSU, you wouldn’t be missed.

    • StillBP
      6:50 am December 2, 2019 Permalink

      To win 7 games this year with the QB situation we had is damn good coaching. You think Lynn did this all on his own, the coaches had nothing to do with his success? I bet if you ask Lynn he’d laugh at that.

    • UKiyaoyas
      8:24 am December 2, 2019 Permalink

      Bet ya wouldn’t have said that in 2012 after a 40-0 home loss to Vandy. Clearly it’s working. He’s got a chance to win 8 games…hard to complain about that at UK at this point in time.

    • The Big Lebowski
      8:44 am December 2, 2019 Permalink

      “after a 40-0 home loss to Vandy”


      Mark Stoops is doing this at Kentucky Football!

      Kentucky Football!

      What is it about this is it that people do not understand?

      What kind of delusion do these people live in?

      Kentucky Football has been a sh*tshow for 50 plus years.

      Mark Stoops is turning that around and some of these people act like they could have done it in their sleep. This is no pedestrian feat. Mark Stoops has made Kentucky Football respectable when, heretofore, Kentucky Football has been a laughing stock in the SEC.

      Kentucky Football used to compete in the SEC for last place with Vanderbilt. Stoops has taken Kentucky Football to the point where the program is competing for Top Middle program. That’s no mean feat.

      Stoops is working towards taking that next step to competing with the likes of Florida and, possibly, Georgia.

      If Stoops gets UK Football to the SEC East Champion, 100K is not a large enough bonus.

      Kentucky Football will be lucky if Stoops doesn’t succumb to the temptation to go to a program with real Football Tradition. Several programs are now coming open and Stoops wouldn’t be a fool to listen. I’d love to have him stay and continue what he has started.

      Apparently, we have several coaches on this forum who think that they can do the job better than Stoops. They think that they can take a perennial loser program from the bottom worst in the SEC straight to the top and whoop up on LSU and Alabama in 3 years. These guys must be Top SEC and Big Ten Coaches posting incognito. One of them absolutely must be Nick Saban. I’m sure the other is Urban Meyer.

      What the actual … ???

      They be some good weed smoked in these parts. That’s gotta be it.

    • 4everUKBlue
      9:07 am December 2, 2019 Permalink

      Lol, well said Lebowski.

  11. MississippiBlue
    12:45 am December 2, 2019 Permalink

    My thoughts on Mike Stoops: PAY THE MAN!

    • FlySoup
      5:41 am December 2, 2019 Permalink

      Interesting. But what are your thoughts on mark?

    • UKiyaoyas
      8:26 am December 2, 2019 Permalink

      Ya I hope we aren’t paying Mike..

    • The Big Lebowski
      8:35 am December 2, 2019 Permalink

      “But what are your thoughts on mark?”


    • MississippiBlue
      10:34 am December 2, 2019 Permalink

      If it worked OKState it can work for UK. There’s nothing wrong with paying the brother to get the big fish! LMAO

  12. bbn606
    8:38 am December 2, 2019 Permalink

    I love what he is building here. I can’t wait until the day that we hang one on Tennessee like we did Louisville.