University of Utah extends Kyle Whittingham through 2027

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — Utah head football coach Kyle Whittingham has signed a 4-year contract extension, locking up the Pac-12’s elder statesman until 2027.

U of U Athletics added in a statement, “Kyle Whittingham has established a culture in the Utah Football program that not only achieves success on the field, but also in the classroom, the community and in the development of student-athletes for their future beyond their time on campus,” Harlan said. “This has been especially evident throughout the pandemic, as he has steadily demonstrated leadership, patience and flexibility, putting the priority of health and well-being for student-athletes above all else.”

Whittingham, beginning his 16th season as Utah’s head coach and 27th season on the Utes’ football staff, is the longest-tenured coach in the Pac-12 Conference and the third-longest tenured head coach at the same school in the NCAA FBS. The 2019 Pac-12 Coach of the Year and the Bobby Dodd National Coach of the Year ranks second in school history in wins with a career record of 131-64. In his 26 years at Utah he has contributed to more victories (216) than any coach in program history.

“We want to thank our Athletics Director Mark Harlan and our President Ruth Watkins for their unwavering support of our coaching staff and for their commitment to our football program,” said Whittingham. “This vote of confidence makes it very clear to recruits that our program has the full backing of our university, which is vital to our long-term success.”

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