When Did Mark Stoops Start Coaching at Kentucky?

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Mark Stoops has been the head coach of Kentucky football since November 2012.
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BetMGM @BETMGM Jan 17, 2023, 1:08 PM

Kentucky football remains a significant player in the SEC East, utilizing mobile quarterbacks and stingy defenses to present a new threat to the traditional powers of the southeastern conference. 

Year after year, the Wildcats are a great bet in the NCAAF odds market. That’s thanks in large part to their coach, Mark Stoops, who knows how to create and sustain a highly competitive program without dump trucks full of five-star recruits. 

Stoops has been at Kentucky for a full decade now, and with the exception of 2020’s unusual Covid-shortened year, the Wildcats haven’t posted a losing season since 2015.

When Did Mark Stoops Start Coaching at Kentucky?

Mark Stoops was hired on November 27, 2012 as head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats football program. He replaced Joker Phillips, who was fired following a 2-10 season.

Where Did Mark Stoops Coach Before Kentucky?

Mark Stoops has only been a head coach at Kentucky, but he did work as an assistant coach at a number of other programs. They include South Florida, Houston, Miami (Fl), Florida State and Nordonia High School in Macedonia, Ohio.

How Much Does Mark Stoops Get Paid?

In November 2022, Mark Stoops signed a contract extension that boosted his base salary to $8.6 million.

During the 2022 season, Stoops’ base salary was $6.35 million.

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