Following the 2018 season and the monstrous 2020 recruiting class that he is putting together, Mark Stoops and Mitch Barnhart agreed on a restructured contract prior to the 2019 season. The contract had been in the works since early this off-season.
“Mark has led our program to outstanding on-field results these last six seasons, culminating in a historic 2018, as well as success in recruiting and player development. Just as importantly, he shares our commitment to the growth of our student-athletes and to building Kentucky football into a championship program. We are pleased to acknowledge that success and that shared commitment,” UK Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart said.
Since Stoops has been at the helm of the Kentucky Wildcats, UK is the only school in the country to have improved or stayed the same on their previous years record.
Stoops is still under contract until 2025, but Stoops’ total compensation for the remaining six years will increase by $500,000 annually.
The buyout that UK will receive should Stoops leave will range anywhere from $1.75 million to $1.5 million depending on the amount of years left on Stoops’ contract. Stoops will also have up to ten hours of private aircraft use for his personal travel each year.
A well deserved contract revision for Mark Stoops.