3 things Mark Stoops said about his new contract

Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops signed a contract extension earlier this month that confirms he’ll remain in his position through the 2030 season, paying him $9 million annually beginning in February.

During his weekly press conference Monday, Stoops addressed the new agreement in-person for the first time.

He admitted he hated the timing of the signing: Nov. 11, one day before a 24-21 home loss to Vanderbilt, which snapped the Commodores’ 26-game skid in SEC play.

“It was agreed upon when things were really good,” Stoops said, “but obviously I feel bad for (athletics director) Mitch (Barnhart) and (university president) Dr. (Eli) Capilouto in not doing my part. Truthfully, after that game, believe me … I better should stop there. I felt very bad about it, that (Vanderbilt) loss and some of the parts of the season.”

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