Utes re-sign Kyle Whittingham through December 2027

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

The Utah Utes have re-signed head football coach Kyle Whittingham to a contract extension. He is now signed through December 2027. 

Athletic Director Mark Harlan announced the extension on Wednesday. Four more years have been added onto his last contract. 

Utah Utes head coach Kyle Whittingham looks on while his team warms up prior to playing the Stanford Cardinal
Kyle Whittingham looks on while his team warms up prior to playing the Stanford Cardinal (Getty Images)

“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.”

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The 60-year-old has been the Utes leader since the 2005 season. He has been employed by the school since 1994. 

As the Utes head coach, he has gone 131-64. Whittingham gets an extension before the Pac-12 Conference returns to the field this weekend. 

He is the longest-tenured coach in the Pac-12 Conference. In addition, Whittingham is the third-longest tenured coach in all of FBS. 

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“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.”

The Utes enter the new shortened coronavirus schedule in 2020 following an 11-3 mark in 2019. The 11-3 record last season was Whittingham’s best record at the school since going 13-0 during the 2008 season.

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