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Kentucky extends Mark Stoops' contract through 2018-19

By Chip Patterson | College Football/Basketball Writer

Mark Stoops will receive a raise in the final two years of his new deal with Kentucky.  (USATSI)
Mark Stoops will receive a raise in the final two years of his new deal with Kentucky. (USATSI)

Kentucky has extended Mark Stoops contract through the 2018-19 season, the school announced on Tuesday.

The Wildcats finished 2-10 in Stoops' first season as head coach without a single win 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 Comosite).

"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).

"In recruiting, Mark and his tireless assistant coaches have made an obvious impact with their first two classes and that momentum is carrying forward for 2015."

According to Kyle Tucker of The Courier-Journal, the extension will include a raise for Stoops in the final two seasons of the deal. Stoops will make $2.1 million for the 2014-15 season.

Stoops' new deal runs through June 30, 2020. While the on-field results have yet to be realized, Stoops has taken steps forward with an increase in attendance and the approval of a $110 million renovation to Commonwealth Stadium as some of his early calling cards.

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