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.
"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.
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.
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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