Kentucky Wildcats head coach Mark Stoops has received a contract extension that is set to expire on June 30, 2019. Stoops will enter his second season as the team’s head coach. In his first season at the helm, the young coach led the Wildcats to a 2-10 record. That’s not a great season by any means, so I’m not sure why the program would be so quick to give a coach an extension after a debut season in which the team only won two games.
Stoops took over the program after Joker Phillips was fired at the end of the 2012 season. In Phillips’ last year, the Wildcats went 2-10, the same record Stoops had in his first year. It doesn’t make sense that the school would give one man an extension and fire the other after having the same record. Yes, it was only Stoops’ first season, but you don’t reward a coach who hasn’t proved anything.
Of course, Kentucky’s football program has been irrelevant for some time now. I understand that Kentucky fans and people around the program have bought into what Stoops brings to the table, but to give the man an extension in his second season is questionable. The Wildcats should have waited a couple of seasons before offering.
Should the Wildcats continue to struggle under Stoops, fans will be quick to call out the program. It’s hard to keep a struggling program’s fanbase happy, especially in the SEC. I don’t expect the program to be any different under Stoops. The University Of Kentucky will always be a basketball school.
The next few seasons will be very important for the Wildcats. Should Stoops fail at bringing the program near the top of the conference, he will be shown the door quickly. The university better hope they didn’t make a mistake pulling the trigger too soon.