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Kyle Whittingham Signs Contract Extension

The University of Utah announced a contract extension for head football coach Kyle Whittingham Friday. The agreement is through 2021.

SALT LAKE CITY–The University of Utah announced a contract extension for head football coach Kyle Whittingham Friday. The agreement is through 2021.

Whittingham is 104-50 through twelve years as the Utes head coach, including a 46-30 record since joining the Pac-12 conference. His previous deal with Utah was through the 2020 season, earning $3.3 million annually. He is the third longest-tenured coach in FBS football.

Whittingham joined the Utes in 1994 when he was hired as the defensive line coach. He picked up defensive coordinator duties the next season, where he remained until 2004, having earned a head coaching position when Urban Meyer departed to Florida. His career includes a 10-1 record in bowl games, the 2008 National Coach of the Year, the best postseason win percentage in NCAA history and second-most wins among active coaches. He has a winning record against all other Power Five conferences, and has beaten every Pac-12 team since joining the league in 2011.

Four former assistant coaches under Whittingham have earned NCAA head coaching jobs after spending time with Utah–Gary Andersen (Utah State, Wisconsin, Oregon State), Norm Chow (Hawaii), Jay Hill (Weber State), and Kalani Sitake (BYU).


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