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Mark Stoops gets contract extension at Kentucky

LEXINGTON, KY (WAVE) - Six days after almost beating the No. 1 team in the country, the University of Kentucky has signed football coach Mark Stoops to a contract extension.

In his second season at UK, Stoops' deal now runs through June 2020.

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"Mark is guiding our program in the direction we all want it to go and we are proud to reward that," Kentucky Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart said in a statement Friday.

Stoops will earn a total of $18.75 million starting next year and running through the 2019 season, and his new contract is loaded with incentives as well.

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With four regular-season games left on the schedule this year, Stoops has guided the Wildcats to a 5-3 record. The win total is more than the 2012-13 seasons combined.

Kentucky hung tough with college football's top-ranked team, Mississippi State, before losing to the Bulldogs at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington on Saturday, 45-31.

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UK almost won at Florida last month and pulled off what was then considered an upset when it beat South Carolina on Oct. 3. The Wildcats play at Missouri at 4 p.m. ET Saturday.

Kentucky plays its last home game on Nov. 8 against Georgia before finishing with road games at Tennessee (Nov. 15) and in-state rival Louisville (Nov. 29).

With four chances to win one game, it's expected that the Wildcats will get the required sixth win to become bowl-eligible.

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