Kyle Whittingham: In control


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  • BYU Fan who...
    July 24, 2009 1:29 a.m.

    ... cheered for Utah in the Sugar Bowl!

    It is great to see a BYU alum have such great success!

    Go cougs!!

  • E Berrett
    Feb. 23, 2009 10:15 a.m.

    A huge thanks for a great article. As a huge UTE
    fan, I was shocked the News would do such a great
    article about an incredible coach; article with
    sufficient depth to reflect the character, integrity, and quality of the man. Thank you Doug
    for writing about the sincere and positive influences of Kyle. By far the best put together
    article I have ever seen in the DNews.

  • Great Coach
    Feb. 18, 2009 3:26 p.m.

    I am a life long BYU fan, but I have a great deal of respect for what Utah has achieved this decade. They have definitely out-shined BYU. And Wittingham is a class act. Like many Cougar faithful, I have no problem at all rooting for Utah when they are not playing BYU (something that I think a much smaller percentage of Utah fans do). In deed, the only thing that makes it hard for me to root for Utah is the behavior of many fans. I attended the BYU / Utah game this year with my 8 year old son and it was one of the worst experiences of my life. We were treated horribly by Ute fans, enduring constant profanity and religious slurs from the parking lot to the stadium and back again. After reading this article and learning what a faithful LDS member Coach Whitt is, as well as many Ute athletes, I find this behavior from some of the fans extremely ironic. I will continue to support Utah (except for one game a year), but I will never attend another game at RES.

  • GO ZOOBS!!!
    Feb. 18, 2009 12:07 p.m.

    I LOVE all these tdS fans patting themselves on the backs for the accomplishments of OTHERS! Like the self-congratulatory affirmation for being a university that produced Coach Whittingham, while Utah's former players have done nothing within the coaching ranks in Provo [albeit we'll have to pretend Norm Chow was never born], but fail to acknowledge that the tdS THEMSELVES couldn't do what's been done on the Hill. Twice!

    GO UTES!!!

  • RE: Kyle #2
    Feb. 17, 2009 5:41 p.m.

    Kyle is a class act. So is Bronco. Both have excellent football programs. I rank them both as #1 coaches and #1 individuals. The only place where you can legitimately place Kyle as #2 is in the final polls for the 2008 football season - and that thing is a farce!

    I'm a huge fan of BYU athletics. But, I'm also a huge fan of classy individuals - Kyle is right there at the top (as is Bronco.) I love it when both coaches bring their best to play eachother in the annual football rivalry. Both coaches have their priorities in the right place... and neither will tell you that football is at the top of that list.

    As far as football priorities go... I think they both have the same goals in mind - 1st to win the MWC championship... anything beyond that is over achieving by their teams.

  • RE Ted Bundy and Chuck Farley
    Feb. 17, 2009 2:58 p.m.

    I love how you "two" people call Utah fans borrish and having an inferiority complex. Makes me laugh. You're on an aritcle about a Utah coach. Who has an inferiority complex? You posted with the name of one of the worste serial killers in our nation's history. You had BYU fans posting articles titled "Kyle's still #2" and let's not forget the "Excellent Article" post. Who's borrish? Get a life!

    Coach Whit is a great guy and I learned a lot about him in this article. Coach Mendenhall is also a great coach but needs to learn to light a fire under his players for the games.

  • Bottom Line
    Feb. 17, 2009 12:26 p.m.

    I am convinced that the MWC has three of the best coaches in the nation with Kyle Whittingham, Bronco Mendenhall and Gary Patterson. This article proves what a great coach and person Kyle Whittingham is.

    Hopefully all three coaches will stay put for a few years and an eventual automatic BCS birth for the MWC may become a reality. Honestly, look at our conference champion vs. the Big East conference champion over the past few years.

  • Chuck Farley
    Feb. 17, 2009 8:35 a.m.

    Nice article, good coach, boorish Utah fans.

  • Ted Bundy
    Feb. 17, 2009 8:15 a.m.

    I'd like to thank all the immature Ute fans for using this fine human interest story to embarrass themselves with their inferiority complex. I love it!

  • Re: Kyle @2
    Feb. 16, 2009 7:01 p.m.

    Last line should read "wouldn't be too critical of Coach Whitt." My error!

  • Re: Kyle is still #2
    Feb. 16, 2009 6:58 p.m.

    You list all (only 4) accomplishments of your beloved BYU under the Mendenhall era. And as much as you won't admit it you would eagerly give all 4 of those accomplishments up to have played like Utah in the Sugar Bowl. You just can't deal with the success of this years Utes. Some years the individual game results will be different and that is what makes the rivalry great, but when looking at your list of accomplishments, I would be too critical of coach Whitt nor boast too much about Coach Bronco.

  • Re: Kyle is still #2 | 12:33 p.m
    Feb. 16, 2009 3:36 p.m.

    A sad and immature post given the subject article and all the well wishers, Utah and BYU fans alike.

    Do your parents know you are using their computer?

    This article and series is a home run, DN.

  • Hailstorm RE: Article continued
    Feb. 16, 2009 3:20 p.m.

    Work on Bronco and lay off the best coach in the nation ..considered so by others in the coaching profession and not by some bits of worthless prattle by you happen to dream up in that blind stupor of yours.
    Just take your medicine and be a good booy .. go back to dreamland and wake up next season when you might have something worthwhile to spout off about..

  • Hailstorm RE: Ex article
    Feb. 16, 2009 3:19 p.m.

    Who cares about BYU losing to an also ran, field horse in the Vegas bowl.. The MWC! Then there is that black eye Bronco dealt the conference by holding and having only 6 of the allotted 15 practices given to them by the Lost Wages bowl Committee
    Who held a fireside instead of a pep rally in Las Vegas-- Bronco

    Who can only muster two half baked bowl wins in a row instead of the nations leader at 8, yes 8 ( eight )Utah.
    Excellent article yes .. observation by another blind blue blood .. in spades. What a knot head and poor writer... just go away if you have nothing to say but cliches and homerisms about BYU.
    This article series is well written and in depth but in no way about the boys of Utah County , or Lavell .. the article is about the coach of the year and his father, or did your stupor of thought supersede what,s in your mind and in your heart.

  • Hailstorm-RE :Excellent article
    Feb. 16, 2009 3:17 p.m.

    Who has the most bowl wins--Coach Kyle
    Who took his team undefeated 13-0
    Who turned down BYU because, " it didn't feel right" - Coach Kyle
    Which team has beaten more BCS teams in the nation during the last ten years ..? Utah
    Who is number 2 in the nation... Utah
    Who recieved 2 of the 3 National coach of the years Awards..Coach Kyle
    Utah who beat Alabama and the A.P. Coach of the year? Coach Kyle
    Which school poured about 350,000- 400,000 dollars into the BYU coffers by winning the Sugar Bowl ? -- Utah!

  • RE Kyle is still #2
    Feb. 16, 2009 1:56 p.m.

    "Quests for Perfection"
    Bronco 1
    Kyle 0

    Acheived Perfection
    Bronco 0
    Kyle 1

    Coach of the Year Awards
    Bronco 0
    Kyle 2

    BCS Bowl Championship Rings
    Bronco 0
    Kyle 2

    Games where an LDS Leader was honored by wearing a decal on the helpmet and a scholarship funds was set up honoring their name (Joseph B Wirthlin)
    Bronco 0
    Kyle 1

    Press conferences where we can understand what the coach is saying
    Bronco 0
    Kyle 51

    Scriptures used in the press conference
    Bronco 1
    Kyle 0

    Amount of other teams fans who wish they had your coach
    Utah 0
    BYU well, more than zero.

  • NC-Ute
    Feb. 16, 2009 1:42 p.m.

    "Kyle is still #2"...
    BCS Bowl Championships: Kyle 2 Bronco 0!
    Your argument is the same they make for Stockton, Malone, and the Jazz of old. "The best team that never got there."
    The Utes have "gotten there", twice!
    That's all that matters.

  • BYUte
    Feb. 16, 2009 1:21 p.m.

    Great article! I love Kyle's style & example and hope he wants to just settle in at the U & doesn't let $$ draw him away from the other stuff he loves so much about being where he's at. I also love Bronco being at the Y.
    I have been a Ute fan all my life. My dad was always a die-hard Cougar. I'm one of those that loves the rivalry, and wants both teams to represent themselves well. If one is too dominant, the conference suffers (i.e. bo-diddly-tech, circa-1984). Even through that hard stretch of the 80's (when we in the band used to cheer, "We'd like to lose by less than 60!"), I loved how the rivalry was bitter, but friendly & fun!
    I think it was great this year that among the strong arguments for the Utes in the BCS were having beaten RANKED teams within the MWC - both BYU & TCU. I will always root for Cougs (or Frogs, or Lobos, or any MWC school)... as long as it's not against my Utes! MWC deserves an auto-bid to the BCS! (or better, to help abolish the monopolistic organization).

  • Kyle is still #2
    Feb. 16, 2009 12:33 p.m.

    MWC Championships: Bronco 2 Kyle 1
    Coaching record: Bronco 38-13 Kyle 37-14
    Top 25 finishes: Bronco 3 Kyle 1
    BYU is the most prestigious non-BCS program and the only top 25 program in the MWC. utah is #3 in MWC.

    Thanks Kyle for not accepting the BYU Head Football Coach position. We got a better coach for BYU and definitely a better person.

  • Hate to break it to ya but....
    Feb. 16, 2009 12:32 p.m.

    I clicked on the Sports/BYU links and what do I get? An article about utah's football coach.

    Hey DNews do you guys know he's no longer part of BYU's football program and hasn't been for a long time now? How about putting this article (and part 2) only under the utes' section? Or are you also going to start putting articles about Bronco in the utes' section?

  • re: Excellent Article @ 12;12
    Feb. 16, 2009 12:14 p.m.

    Please take your attitude and root for some other University. True BYU fans try to have class regardless of the circumstances. Your lack thereof is a disgrace to what the University stands for....and frankly what your obviously beloved Coach Mendenhall promotes....Take a page from Bronco's book and acknowledge the good and leave the bad to someone else...

    Feb. 16, 2009 11:41 a.m.

    Hey, it has been said before.....but as a BYU fan I applaud Coach Whit and all he has done. Yea, we get caught up in the rivalry which makes it fun. The schools compete for conference titles, recruits, bragging rights etc. But away from all that and deep down I think we all share the common theme: I think it is well know that Whitt is a master at what he does and is a great person. Congrats Coach and way to bring more respect and bragging rights to the MWC. You deserve all that you receive because of your hard work, intelligence and desire to be the best.

  • Fetch, dude!!
    Feb. 16, 2009 9:17 a.m.

    I think Kyle has definitely shown his mettle against Bronco. I just wish Kyle would coach our team this year. We really need him against Oklahoma and Florida State. Kyle wins big games and Bronco can't seem to find a way.

  • Re: coot20 | 6:24 p.m.
    Feb. 16, 2009 8:39 a.m.

    I think the Ute comments to which you refer, what few there were, stopped occurring about the same time BYU fans stopped making their snide remarks...when Whittingham's strategy began paying big dividends.

    Personally, I would never...EVER...bet against a Whittingham coached team. That said, I would love to see Whitingham's Utes play Myer's Gators some time down the road. What a story that would make!

  • Re: Only U
    Feb. 16, 2009 12:42 a.m.

    Scout has BYU ranked higher this year with it's recruiting class and Rival has Utah ranked higher. I usually follow Rival because of it's ties to Yahoo. Rival has had the Utes with the better class 6 out of the last 7 years.

  • Utah Mann
    Feb. 16, 2009 12:19 a.m.

    Great Article!! Great Coach!!! Great Family!!! I think in the future you will see more and more top LDS recruits go to Utah than bYu. I am LDS and I can tell you 20 years ago if I was offered a scholy from byu and Utah, I would go to bYu in a heartbeat. Now the tables have turned (evident by this years recruiting class, and the fact that Utah has FIFTY return missonaries on its team), there is no way I turn down Utah to go to bYu!! Thanks to kyle and his character you will see more conference championships, higher profile recruits, more national attention, better facilities (yes zoobs you will see anothe stadium expansion within the next 10 years), and last but definetly not least at least one BCS birth every 5 years. Thanks for chosing the red kyle. We love you, you are a true UTAH MAN!!

    GO UTES!!

  • Craig Garrick's daughter
    Feb. 15, 2009 11:18 p.m.

    I'm glad my dad is still being remember and had such a great friend as Kyle! I'm at BYU and i absolutely Love hearing stories about them! Feel free to e-mail me with any other memories of my dad! ~Jerica

  • Ute Fan
    Feb. 15, 2009 10:24 p.m.

    Whit is a great coach and example. Utah is honored to have him, and Bronco is a fantastic person and coach also. We in Utah couldn't be more lucky to have what we have.

  • Coug alum but red at heart
    Feb. 15, 2009 9:35 p.m.

    I don't think anyone can decide yet who is a better coach. Bronco has been solid since the get-go. Cougars ended the season poorly thought. Kyle did an unbelievable job this year that is an amazing standard. He got the team hot at the end of '07. He struggled before that. To be honest, both are good men and great coaches and probably the best fit for the programs they work at.

    I do think there are too many bandwagon fans on both sides. All of a sudden Cougars fans want bronco's job after a disappointing but still good season? He's got two conference titles. The same can be said for ute fans last year. It's a joke...appreciate what you both have and leave at that. Time will tell.

  • Here's one Ute fan...
    Feb. 15, 2009 9:06 p.m.

    that wasn't calling for Kyle's head on a platter. (many more weren't either) .

    I abhor the revolving door mentality that permeates college and professional sports today. Jerry Sloan is, and Lavell was, dinosaurs in this regard - and I hope KW is the same: both in that he is given the opportunity to develop a program over many years, and resists the siren's call to more money and prestige.

    Lavell did amaZing things at BYU; Sloan has for the Jazz, and I hope KW is right up there.

    Everytime my teams hire a coach, I stick with them - unless they are breaking the law or injuring players: give them a chance to grow and develop!

  • TC
    Feb. 15, 2009 7:53 p.m.

    Kyle is a great person and a great coach. It's nice to hear that he had a real difficult time in deciding between coaching at BYU and Utah. He did what was best for his family... even though I know it was difficult for his brothers that all played at BYU.

    It's been just as difficult for me to pull for the Utes, but I've come around to it. I love the rivalry. I'm still a true blue cougar fan. However, it's nice to keep the focus in the State of Utah. I can easily pull for the Utes (or any other MWC team) when they play against a BCS school.

    It's so cool to hear that Whit is so "grounded." He hasn't let the media attention go to his head, he hasn't let the big contract drastically change his lifestyle or his values, and he still invests in what is important to him... family, friends, and church. Urban was a good coach... but never a Ute. He used the program as a "stepping stone." Whit has a lot of time invested in Utah.

  • Kidding Me
    Feb. 15, 2009 7:49 p.m.

    RE: Excellent Article

    Not really an "excellent article", but excellent trolling. It is hilarious to me when fans from either side still fall for trolls. Yewt fans, shake yourselves and recognize the obvious. I know you'd like to think BYU fans are just that self-righteous, but c'mon... really???

    Nice article. Great coach and great guy. Go Cougs!

  • Only U
    Feb. 15, 2009 7:38 p.m.

    I also get a kick out of recruiting rankings. BYU has had a higher rated recruiting class each of the past 4 years so apparently Coach Whit and his staff are outcoaching the Y's staff. He is obviously doing more with less, right?? That changed this year of course and most certainly will again next year because of the early committment trend. Look out Cougs. This guy starts beating you with young talent and it's going to be a long couple of decades trying to compete with your hated rival.

  • coot20
    Feb. 15, 2009 6:24 p.m.

    To all of you ute fans who wanted Kyle's head on a platter just a year ago ...Where are you now? You know who you are....Kyle is where he wants to be..Bronco is where he wants to be...Bronco 2 Kyle 1. This will be a fun next 10 years

  • Re: Excellent article
    Feb. 15, 2009 6:24 p.m.

    Parcells is fond of saying that you are who your record is. You either win or you don't. BYU didn't win (and they didn't lose with class).

  • AZ True Red and Blue
    Feb. 15, 2009 5:43 p.m.

    Coach my hat off. Good man and a good example. I grew up red and went blue but still very red. I know there is some blue in you too. Was there when you ere there.

    Great season to the Utes and wish the best to both next year. May the best team win.

  • Nate
    Feb. 15, 2009 5:34 p.m.

    Not a big D news fan, but this is one of the best football articles I've read in a long time.

    Go Utes!

  • Gridiron Sam
    Feb. 15, 2009 5:21 p.m.

    Very good article; it is refreshing to read a quality piece of writing by a good journalist. Kudos to Doug Robinson and the Deseret News. The other paper in town seems to revel in a negative and manipulative approach in covering this coach and the Utah football program. Their loss and their problem I suppose, as I am sure Whittingham would not be nearly as open and candid with them as a result.
    Because of the circumstances surrounding their hiring, outlined well in this article, it is inevitable that Whittingham and Mendenhall will be compared, and their success measured against the other. Personally, I get more of a kick out of how Whittingham totally outcoached $4 million coach Nick Saban, and how he is a person who is truly generous and caring about his players, his family, and those he can influence because of his position. By all accounts Saban is difficult, contemptous and arrogant in his approach to many people. I don't see any of his success going to Kyle's head, rather, it just provides him with more opportunities to make people who look up to him know that he is more like them than not.

  • Ute Fan in Lehi
    Feb. 15, 2009 5:17 p.m.

    I'm a huge fan of the Utes and coach Whit. But I'm grateful for the vast majority of BYU fans who have shown great class in their comments.

  • Bigjohn
    Feb. 15, 2009 4:58 p.m.

    Kyle has been a fabulous coach and mentor. Congrats to the Utes. I do sense some jealousy from some overzealous Y fans in some of these posts. Every undefeated season has a touch of luck and mystique and Utah's season was no different. If BYU goes undefeated in the future, the same will hold true.

    I can't wait for this year's game. Don't count Bronco out. He know's what he's doing too. Go Cougs!

  • jim b. cedar city via fillmore
    Feb. 15, 2009 4:25 p.m.

    I'm a BYU fan plain and simple. But, I pull for all the Utah school's when they are not playing the coug's. The Utah Utes had a dream season and capped it off with a gun and run, no huddle, rampage against one of the more storied college football programs of all times the Alabama Crimson Tide. They were ready from the get go and Alabama could not keep up! Congrats to Kyle and his staff in how they prepared for this game. While watching all I could say was woooooooow. The Tide were totally out classed. From reading the story by Doug, Kyle, with all that was going on at that time, with such a hard choice to make and being torn on two sides, tuned in the one person who could give him the answer needed. His Father in heaven. And by following that feeling he went where he was needed not where he was being pushed (BYU). Coach Kyle Whittingham, I salute you.

  • re: Excellent article
    Feb. 15, 2009 4:18 p.m.

    "I really wish I could find one Yewt fan that would admit this season was luck and good scheduling. Yewtah should have lost at least four games this year. Can't Yewt fans admit that they didn't really beat OSU, TCU and BYU?"

    Good scheduling???... You are right, we should have scheduled Washington, Northern Iowa and UCLA instead of Michigan, Oregon St and Weber st. haha, good point bud. Utah had a much stronger SOS than BYU did and STILL finished 13-0. You guys are the ones that had the easy schedule. And correct me if Im wrong but wasnt it conference losses you had??? the same teams we play???
    And as for luck, the TCU game took some luck, Ill admit that, but how do you say Utah really didnt beat BYU??? 48-24 is taking you to the woodshed. So technically you are right, we didnt beat you, we dismantled you!

  • Re: Excellent article
    Feb. 15, 2009 3:06 p.m.

    " bet you are right. The Yewts have had two good seasons in the last 20 years because they have BYU coaches who learned how to win at BYU."

    Utah has had four MWC Championships and has been invited to eight bowl games (winning ALL of them) during the first 10 years of the Mountain West Conference. They were invited to four bowl games and won a conference championship during the last seven years of the WAC. Of the five conference championships, only one was under Wittingham, while two were under McBride and the other two under Meyer.

    FYI, Norm Chow was a 1st team all WAC player from the University of Utah. Norm was the Offensive Coordinator under Coach Edwards for 23 years and was the brains behind BYU's high flying offense during the BYU glory days.

    Oh, another bit of information for you. Coach Wittingham won two coach of the year awards this past season for being the best coach in America.

    Bronco and Kyle are both very fine coaches. This article was written to praise Coach Wittingham as an all around great man. This isn't the time or place to show your disrespect.

    Go Kyle!

  • Re: Excellent Article
    Feb. 15, 2009 3:02 p.m.

    @ 9:56 am Feb 15.

    Let it be known who threw down the gauntlet first in the "nastiness" between the fans of the two teams. You claim that "the nastiness is inappropriate." Well you continue the nastiness here first by comenting on how much "it must hurt the anti-mormon Ute fans that their coaches are LDS."

    Guess what? It doesn't hurt AT ALL. We love our coaches and just decide not to judge them by their religion. We don't dilike the BYU fans that are like you because of your religion either. Its because of your "holier than thou" attitude perfectly displayed by your post. Seriously, drop the attitude, this isn't about religion.

    I wish both teams much success and Thank You to all the great people around the Utah program: administration, coaches, players, trainers, maintenence crews, boosters, and fans.

  • re: Excellent Article
    Feb. 15, 2009 2:55 p.m.

    Plain and simply stated: The difference between Bronco and Kyle is equal to the difference between the Vegas Bowl compared to the Sugar Bowl. Eat your heart out.

  • OR Coug
    Feb. 15, 2009 2:44 p.m.

    Well Stated AZ Coug. I remember Kyle as a player and though it is hard to see him wearing red on the sideline you have to admire what he has accomplished on and off the field. Excellent article and I look forward to the follow-up installments. By the way there are many of us BYU faithfull who know exactly who "light up the score board" Scovil was....

  • S. Gil
    Feb. 15, 2009 2:23 p.m.

    "Excellent Article".... Never mistake activity for achievement. The difference between a quest for perfection and actual perfection is what separates these two programs. If you could only beat the likes of Tulsa and Boston College you might be able to understand!

  • AZ Coug
    Feb. 15, 2009 1:32 p.m.

    Great article about a classy guy! Every year I want the Utes and the Cougs to meet with identical 11=0 records. I was ecstatic that he Utes beat Alabama. I love the rivalry but abhor the nastiness. I also like the fact that the success of both programs makes it tough for Utah/LDS players to decide where to play. Both schools have great coaches. Thanks Bronco and Coach Whit for being who you are.

  • Nice Article
    Feb. 15, 2009 12:37 p.m.

    Excellent coverage of a real person with the capacity to inspire others. Thanks.

    It's hard to believe that some people simply cannot resist the urge to do the rivalry shenanigans, even in February. Give it up. Take a break. Move on.

    Best of luck to all Utah football schools in the future!

  • City of Enoch
    Feb. 15, 2009 12:34 p.m.

    But is he worthy of us, like Brocno?

  • re: excellent article
    Feb. 15, 2009 12:24 p.m.

    The reason there is nastiness is because of posts like your. Self righteousnes interjected in a subtle way, trying to appear nice, when you are really just trying to claim superiority in one area or another. Non-Mormon people in Utah speak of these kinds of attitudes more than any other in explaining their own prejudices. In other words, you create the inappropriate.

  • As coach Whitt does
    Feb. 15, 2009 12:17 p.m.

    As a BYU fan, looks like coach Whitt has found a way to keep family, religion and the other priorities the same as football and not have football 5th on the list. This is why Utah goes to the Sugar Bowl and we are happy with 10-3 seasons against decent teams. I am afraid that as the conference gets stronger that our success will fall. We didn't win the National Championship this way and now were are losing recruits to other schools, even Utah, when are we going to change our ways and get back to having the national respect that we once had? If Kyle can lean from Lavell, why can't Bronco?

  • Great Example
    Feb. 15, 2009 12:15 p.m.

    Coach Whittingham is doing so much good in so many ways. Thanks coach, for staying with the program and for being the kind of person that others can follow.

    A glimpse into Coach Whittingham's life and equally strong and supportive family. Terrific article. Thanks DN.

  • Blue Athletic Supporter
    Feb. 15, 2009 12:12 p.m.

    It's amazing how well the coaching reloads turned out at the U and the Y. Wittingham made an agonized but great decision that has worked out well for him, his family and, of course, the Utah football team. BYU licked its wounds and hired Mendenhall, who turned out to be a great fit at BYU. Both have been eminently successful. There is no need for either institution or either coach to have regrets.

    Which brings us to a certain pathetic class of fickle fans who ride one or the other bandwagon depending on which program has inched a bit ahead. When BYU finishes 11-2 and the Utes 8-5 the sentiment is, "wow, glad we didn't get stuck with Wittingam; Bronco is King." When Utah finishes 13-0 and BYU 10-3, we get, "wish we could trade coaches."

    My wish is that BYU could lose all such short-sighted fans. To complement having a consistent program based on organizational and football principles, fans of comensurate quality are needed.

  • Great read, Doug.
    Feb. 15, 2009 12:12 p.m.

    Looking forward to tomorrow's story.

    Go Utes!

  • Excellent article
    Feb. 15, 2009 12:12 p.m.

    I bet you are right. The Yewts have had two good seasons in the last 20 years because they have BYU coaches who learned how to win at BYU.

    I think the lovefest for Kyle is rediculous. He isn't as good of a coach as Bronco. Here's proof. Who has more OCCs? Bronco. Who has more 10 win seasons? Bronco. Who inherited a program that was down and turned it toward greatness? Bronco. On the other hand Kyle hasn't won as many games, has fewer OCCs and won't be as lucky next year as he was this year.

    I really wish I could find one Yewt fan that would admit this season was luck and good scheduling. Yewtah should have lost at least four games this year. Can't Yewt fans admit that they didn't really beat OSU, TCU and BYU?

    Bronco's strong returning squad will once again win the OCC while I see Yewtah loosing at least five games. Then we'll see who is the better coach.

  • Editors
    Feb. 15, 2009 12:11 p.m.

    Did we mention he is active LDS? Hence the blessings of professional success. I believe Austin Collie put it best when he said "When you're living right, on and off the field, magic happens." Thanks for this week's spotlight!

  • Re; Excellent Article | 9:56 a.m
    Feb. 15, 2009 12:08 p.m.

    "Must be tough on those anti-Mormon, anti-BYU ute fans to have an active LDS/BYU player for a Head Coach,"

    No more difficult than it is for many BYU faithful who have had to come to grips with the fact that Coach Wittingham would rather beat BYU than work for them.

  • Re: Cougar Reflection | 9:06 a.m
    Feb. 15, 2009 12:05 p.m.

    "Kyle will admit he got most of his coaching style from his mentor Lavell"

    You might want to re-read this article. Lavell was noted as was Urban Myer and a host of others. A weighting as to the amount of influence from this person or that person was not provided. Whittingham is a class act, an attribute that cannot be taught. It is who he is.

  • Ute Fan in MS
    Feb. 15, 2009 11:58 a.m.

    Coach W. is as good an example of a role model as you could ask for. If ESPN would cover stories like this one, instead of T. O., M. Vick and others to numerous to mention, think of the young people they could influence. Good luck to the Coach and the Ute program. They both make me proud to be from Utah.

  • Excellent article
    Feb. 15, 2009 11:29 a.m.

    It doesn't help either program to constantly re-hash the perceptions you can't let go of and feed the nastiness.

  • Good man...
    Feb. 15, 2009 11:23 a.m.

    Good man ... good example. I appreciate him striving for balance -- faith, family and football.

  • Henry Drummond
    Feb. 15, 2009 10:55 a.m.

    I remember Kyle's father Fred quite well. I have thought many times how proud he must be of Kyle and how he has dealt with good times and bad times. Fred was a great defensive coach and really deserves a great deal of credit for BYU's success. I also remember Doug Scovil who most BYU fans have never heard of but who really built the offense that BYU lived off of for so many years. I was very pleased four years ago when Kyle decided to stay with Utah and chose to look to the future rather than trying to recreate the past.

  • Whoa Nellie
    Feb. 15, 2009 10:49 a.m.

    Thou almost persuadest me to be a Ute fan. I guess now I can get over that Wyoming mistake and move on with life. Go Kyle and Go Cougars!

  • BubbaLuv
    Feb. 15, 2009 10:44 a.m.

    Coach Whit is da MAN! The Utes' success last year wasn't by accident - Whit deserves every accolade he's gotten. GO UTES!

  • Kyle is a good man
    Feb. 15, 2009 10:00 a.m.

    Like many successful men, he's got a great wife. This article is a fine piece of writing. Kyle is more than just a football coach. He's a wonderful example to his players, the school and everyone in Utah. Us BYU fans are very proud of him, although we do hate to lose to the utes. We'll get them this year!

  • Excellent Article
    Feb. 15, 2009 9:56 a.m.

    I was sorry to lose Kyle to Utah, he's BYU family. But it's worked out well, both teams have great coaches. Must be tough on those anti-Mormon, anti-BYU ute fans to have an active LDS/BYU player for a Head Coach, several LDS/BYU assistants and over 50 returned missionary players! People really ought to wise up and realize there is very little difference in Utah and BYU. Rivalry is great but the nastiness is inappropriate.

  • Doing It Right
    Feb. 15, 2009 9:38 a.m.

    Kyle is the perfect example of a strong, high-profile LDS member leading purely by example. It is interesting that Coach Whit and many of his players regularly do firesides like Mendenhall and the Cougars and he is a temple attending member - but he speaks and comes across as a normal person. I think in the end, this may draw more to the Church than others who have to talk about the Church in what seems to be every comment (Bronco, Collie, etc). There is a realness about Whit that at times seems to be missing in the Cougs.

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 15, 2009 9:36 a.m.

    Great story. Well done by the writer and well done by Whittingham to let the D-News get to interview him for that long. Much better than your typical run of the meal sports article. Great job.

  • Cougar Reflection
    Feb. 15, 2009 9:06 a.m.

    Kyle will admit he got most of his coaching style from his mentor Lavell Edwards while he was a COUG at BYU. Yes, the attributes of BYU has rubbed off on a most impressive husband, father and spectaular coach.
    Hum, how can the UTES fault this?

  • True Blue BYU
    Feb. 15, 2009 8:56 a.m.

    After reading this article, I wish we could trade coaches. He is a real class act.

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 15, 2009 8:30 a.m.

    I love the old 80's pics...those were some nasty uniforms back then!! And I couldn't help but notice the caption on one of the pictures read "Kyle Whillingham."

  • silver & black
    Feb. 15, 2009 8:28 a.m.

    Lucky for Ute fans, that Al Davis didn't offer Kyle the Head Coach position for the Raiduhs.

  • He was my coach too...
    Feb. 15, 2009 8:03 a.m.

    In 1984 Kyle was an assistant high school coach at Timpview. He was a class act then, and he's a class act now.

  • Another Cougar fan from NE
    Feb. 15, 2009 7:44 a.m.

    Well, it isn't hard to be impressed with Kyle. Nice article. I love Bronco too, they both have found their niche and are doing a spectacular job. Go Cougs!

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 15, 2009 7:14 a.m.

    Kyle is a wonderful example of a True Ute.

  • NC Gandolph
    Feb. 15, 2009 6:27 a.m.

    BYU fan and graduate and that was a great article to read. THanks!!

  • Long time Ute fan
    Feb. 15, 2009 6:12 a.m.

    The Utes football team is a reflection of this good man in the players discipline and approach to the game. Utah is very fortunate to have a coach of this character to head its program. Kyle's attitude, discipline, and character will be manefested on the field among his players for many seasons to come. I am proud to be an alum and would feel fortunate, indeed, to have one of my sons, or grandsons, play for this man. GO UTES!

  • AJ
    Feb. 15, 2009 5:58 a.m.

    Great article on Coach Whittingham, his family and his approach to a difficult job.

  • Alan Schulz
    Feb. 15, 2009 5:00 a.m.

    Doug is a good writer and Kyle a good coach. Two goods like that equal a great story in my opinion.

  • Bryant
    Feb. 15, 2009 3:57 a.m.

    What a truly classy coach, father, and husband. Thanks Coach Whitt for winning with class and doing our school and state proud.

  • I'm a BYU Fan
    Feb. 15, 2009 3:21 a.m.

    Impressed with Coach Whittingham.... I think he has many attributes of LaVell Edwards, and of course his dad.

    I was pleased that the Utes did well in the Sugar Bowl, that they represented the State of Utah and the MWC well, and that Coach Whittingham (unlike Urban), keeps the rivalry respectful.

    Go Cougs!