Mark Stoops reportedly remains at Kentucky with same contract terms
Mark Stoops made all kinds of headlines over the past 24 hours.
Stoops was mentioned Saturday morning as a name to watch at Texas A&M. By Saturday night, Stoops was reportedly the new hire for the Aggies. Hours later, however, it was reported that Stoops had decided to stay at Kentucky. Sunday morning, Stoops issued a statement confirming that he is not leaving UK.
Interest from other programs can lead to a coach getting a new contract at their current school. A Kentucky insider, however, says that’s not the case with Stoops. Matt Jones of Kentucky Sports Radio shared Sunday on social media that Stoops was not given a raise or incentive to remain head coach of the Wildcats.
Mark Stoops was not given a raise or any incentive to stay at Kentucky.
— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) November 26, 2023
Stoops’ current Kentucky contract runs through June 2031. He is college football’s 8th-highest-paid coach, making $9 million per season. As it turns out, Stoops’ salary was just behind Jimbo Fisher’s $9.15 million salary for the 2023 season. Stoops would have owed Kentucky a $4 million buyout if he had left for A&M.
UK finished the regular season 7-5, bringing Stoops’ overall record to 73-64 in 11 seasons. The Wildcats will be playing in their 8th consecutive bowl game.