Mark Stoops’ recruiting prowess is already paying dividends.
The University of Kentucky announced on Tuesday that the Kentucky football head coach’s contract had been extended through the 2018 season.
Stoops’ contract was previously set to expire on December 31, 2017. It will now run through June 30, 2019, meaning he has five years remaining on his contract.
Although the wins haven’t come yet, the University is already pleased with the culture change Stoops and the rest of his coaching staff has brought to the football program.
“We are excited about the enthusiasm and recruiting success that Mark and his staff have brought to our football program,” said Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart. “We had the nation’s second-largest increase in attendance last season and we have had the two largest spring-game attendances in school history (in 2013 and 2014).”
Stoops’ extension should also help in the recruiting department as it signifies that UK is invested in its head coach for the long run, meaning prospects won’t have to worry about the possibility of a head coaching change once they’re on campus.