Richard Pryor famously said that “Cocaine is God’s way of telling you you’ve got too much money”. If Pryor ever met Kentucky AD Mitch Barnhart, he’d change that expression.
Kentucky has extended Mark Stoops contract through the 2018 season, the school announced on Tuesday.
The Wildcats finished 2-10 in Stoops’ first season as head coach, finishing winless in SEC play, but fans were able to celebrate in February when Kentucky signed one of its highest-ranked recruiting classes ever (No. 22 nationally in the 247Sports Composite).
“We are excited about the enthusiasm and recruiting success that Mark and his staff have brought to our football program,” athletic director Mitch Barnhart said in an official release. “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).
You read that correctly. Mark Stoops got a contract extension after a two-win season because of recruiting and an increase in spring game attendance. Oh, and not just an extension.
UK spokesman tells me Stoops' extended deal includes raise for the final two seasons, to $2.5 million in 2017-18, $2.65 million in 2018-19.—
Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_CJ) May 06, 2014
Imagine what they’ll do if Kentucky wins three games this season.