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Kyle Whittingham signs contract extension


SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Sports) – Kyle Whittingham is staying with the University of Utah for the foreseeable future.

Whittingham signed a contract extension on Friday that will keep him as the head coach of the Utes through the 2021 season. Whittingham will be 62 years old at the end of that season.

Already signed for the next four years, this is essentially a restructured one-year extension.

About to begin his 13th season with the Utes, Whittingham has complied a record of 104-50, and is 10-1 in bowl games. Whittingham has averaged almost 9 wins per season.

Whittingham is currently the third longest tenured head coach in the country, behind only Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz and TCU’s Gary Patterson.

Whittingham came to Utah in 1994 as the defensive line coach and was promoted to defensive coordinator the following year. On December 8, 2004, he was named the school’s 20th head coach. His first victory came three weeks later when he co-coached (with Urban Meyer) the 2005 Fiesta Bowl win over Pittsburgh.

The Utes have wins over every team in the Pac-12 Conference since joining the league in 2011 and Whittingham’s impressive non-conference resume includes a winning record against current members of the other Power Five conferences: 4-0 vs. the Big Ten, 7-1 against the ACC, 1-0 vs. the SEC and 4-3 over the Big 12.

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