Stoops says facility upgrades helps program

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops said the upcoming $110 million renovations to Commonwealth Stadium, which were announced Thursday, reinforced, to him, the school's commitment to its football program that has struggled in recent years.

The renovations will include upgrades to the Nutter Training Center, a multipurpose recruiting room, 16 to 20 private suites, about 2,000 new club seats and new media facilities.

Stoops, who was hired in December after serving as Florida State's defensive coordinator since 2010, said he and athletics director Mitch Barnhart discussed facility upgrades at his first job interview, and that it was important to Stoops but not his primary reason for accepting the job.

"This certainly helps," Stoops said. "Everything Mitch and I talked about is coming true here."

Stoops, who spoke to the media at Rupp Arena before Kentucky's game Saturday against Texas A&M, said he had a large group of recruits at the game.

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