‘This is my home’: Stoops opens up about his commitment to Kentucky, new contract extension

It was publicly announced yesterday that Kentucky’s head football coach Mark Stoops signed a contract extension on Nov. 11 keeping him at Lexington through the 2030 season.

The deal puts Stoops at $9 million per season as of February 2023, an $8.6 million deal to match his $400,000 base, according to the UK’s open records. Jon Hale of the Lexington Herald-Leader was the first to report on the extension.

Now in his 10th year as head coach of the Wildcats, in September Stoops became the all-time all-time skipper in program history. His name has been linked to Power Five head coaching vacancies such as Nebraska and Auburn, but he made it clear at his press conference Monday that he has never hesitated to leave his current post.