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The Kentucky Wildcats won just two games and zero conference games in Mark Stoops first year as head coach, but the universities administration still wants to know they believe in the direction he is taking the program. Tuesday they announced that Coach Stoops will receive a raise and a contract extension. His contract will now end in 2019 instead of 2017.

Why does the administration believe in him? Mostly because of recruiting.

“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,” UK AD Mitch Barnhart said in a press release. “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.”

Stoops still has a little ways to win over fans. Last year and perhaps this year he will get a grace period, but wins will be expected as will more 5-star commits.




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