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Impressive Salary, Perks for New UK Football Coach Who Has Big Plans for Program

This coverage of UK Football is courtesy of RCN partner KY Forward and is written by Jon Hale.

Mark Stoops focused on establishing winning culture, taking Cats to next level as coach

When new UK football coach Mark Stoops arrived at Commonwealth Stadium for his introductory news conference Saturday, you would have to forgive him if he forgot the Wildcats’ football season ended a week ago.

Stoops was first met by a small group of fans at R. J. Corman’s airplane hangar in Nicholasville upon arriving in the Bluegrass State Sunday afternoon. He was then met by more than 500 fans, boosters, and current and former players at Commonwealth Stadium for his introduction to the Big Blue Nation.

“I felt like it was game day in a way,” Stoops said. “It was really exciting.”

Less than 24 hours after coaching the Florida State defense to an ACC Championship, Stoops completed his first official task as the Wildcats’ head man.

Wearing a blue UK hat and flanked by UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart and UK President Eli Capilouto, Stoops fulfilled his dream of becoming a head football coach.

“A big part of who I am comes from how I grew up with my father,” Stoops said. “He was a high school coach for over 30 years, a tremendous person. I think that’s where I started preparing to get to this position where I’m at right now: those days and those nights spending time with my father at Cardinal Mooney, many nights when I’ve been sitting at the kitchen table eaten my dinner and watching my father watch film and using the refrigerator as his canvas.”

Full story: KY Forward

With Stoops' defensive mindset in place, new head coach looks for offensive staff

If there was a common theme in Mark Stoops‘ opening news conference it was that while offense may excite fans, defense wins championships.

“At the end of the day, I wanted us to be better defensively so we didn’t have to be so perfect on offense,” said UK Athletics DirectorMitch Barnhart. “That was really, really important to us, so that was where I started (in the coaching search).”

Stoops fulfills that description.

His Florida State defense ranks second in the country at 253.77 yards allowed per game. The Seminoles ranks third nationally in passing defense at 160.8 yards allowed per game, fifth nationally in rushing defense at 93 yards allowed per game and seventh nationally in scoring defense at 15.08 points allowed per game.

Stoops hopes to bring that same success to Lexington.

“I want to be tough, and I want to be physical,” he said. “We have to build this foundation with great defense. There’s no way around it. If you don’t play great defense, you’re not going to win consistently.”

Full story: KY Forward

How much will Stoops make as the new UK Football coach? Lots. Here's a look at the perks of being the top football dog, er, cat in Lexington:

(Compiled by Jon Hale)



Year one — $400,000 base salary, $1.6 million in media and endorsements

Year two — $400,000 base salary, $1.7 million in media and endorsements

Year three — $400,000 base salary, $1.8 million in media and endorsements

Year four — $400,000 base salary, $1.9 million in media and endorsements

Year five — $400,000 base salary, $2 million in media and endorsements

TOTAL — 5 years, $11 million


Winning five or more SEC games — $100,000

Each SEC win starting after first — $100,000

Winning SEC Eastern Division — $100,000

Winning SEC Championship or playing in BCS — $200,000

Winning national title — $200,000

Bowl game with receipts less than $2 million — $50,000

Bowl game with receipts more than $2 million — $125,000

Team GPA of 2.75 or better — $25,000

Team APR of .950 or better — $25,000

Named SEC Coach of the Year — $50,000

Named National Coach of the Year — $75,000

Additional benefits

Two late model automobiles

Expense account

Standard university administrative staff health care benefits

16 tickets to home football games

Four tickets to home basketball games

Standard university administrative staff retirement benefits

Vacation leave, subject to approval of director of athletics

Membership to a local golf or country club of his choice

Membership at University Club

PHOTO: Mark Stoops/Jon Hale of KY Forward

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