Kyle Whittingham signs 2-year contract extension at Utah


SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Sports) – Kyle Whittingham is not ready to think about the end of his career just yet.

The University of Utah announced that Whittingham, who led the Utes to its first Pac-12 South Division title this past season, has signed a 2-year contract extension through the 2023 season.

“Coach Whittingham is one of the top coaches in college football and extending his contract was a high priority in my first year here,” said athletic director Mark Harlan. “Kyle’s teams compete for championships on the field and in the classroom, and his loyalty to the University of Utah has made this a great partnership.”

Whittingham, the longest-tenured head coach in the Pac-12 and the third-longest tenured coach at the same school in the NCAA FBS, is preparing for his 15th season at the helm at Utah, where he boasts a 120-61 record. His 84.6% success rate in bowl games (11-2) ranks second in NCAA history and his 11 wins is tied for second among active coaches.

“On behalf of our entire coaching staff, we are grateful to both Mark Harlan and President Ruth Watkins for this vote of confidence in our football program,” Whittingham said in a statement. “The University’s support is critical to our long-term success and this sends a positive message to our recruits, which are the lifeblood of any program.”

Whittingham has been with Utah since 1994, and became the head coach in December of 2004. 

Whittingham’s best season came in 2008 when he led the Utes to a 13-0 record and a #2 national ranking.

The Utes open spring practice Monday afternoon.

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