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Published: Monday, Nov. 25 2013 8:17 p.m. MST

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IndeMak
South Jordan, UT

Better be coaching every second with some desperation. Could be Kyle's final game as HC. Fans would be happy with mediocrity. Brian and Shariff must exit. Safeties and qb's look like they were never coached.

Looking for Conner Manning to step up next year.

Don't Feed the Trolls
Salt Lake City, UT

Whitt needs to bring in some outside coaching blood, if in fact he stays.

toosmartforyou
Farmington, UT

His salary certainly says he should find some answers. Now I know why he said he was happy to no longer need to play Air Force in future schedules because they were trouble for the Utes. I bet he wished he could have played them instead of, say, Oregon State this year.

majmajor
Layton, UT

Utah will be MUCH better off keeping Coach Wittingham. He is an outstanding coach, and I can't see Utah having the money to pay for another outstanding coach from out of the State. Utah's talent is still trying to catch up to the rest of the PAC.

The Utah fans that want him gone are very short-sighted, and don't have an idea how to replace him. Who would be a better replacement that Utah can pay? They would probably only be able to afford an unproven coach that will use Utah as a stepping-stone. They don't stand a chance to get a coach with Kyle's loyalty, and coaching abilities.

Good luck Utah. Beat CO.

Go Cougs!

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

Not enough play makers, plain and simple. The other PAC schools have more talent. But it's close.

carman
Wasatch Front, UT

The only thing worse than losing to Washinton St would be to lose to Colorado AFTER losing to Washington St. This could seriously impact recruiting if Whittingham doesn't get this ship headed the right direction in the final game of the season...

Tators
Hyrum, UT

Kyle is a good man and a good coach who is underrated by many Ute fans.

Good luck in next Saturday's game against Colorado.

Guam_Bomb
BARRIGADA, GU

I think Hill needs to start looking and if the right candidate pops up he needs to do what is best for the program. I remember how surprised I was when they let McBride go. But Urban Meyer was what the program needed to get them to the next level. It may be that time again. It's clear that the Utes just did not play up to their potential. They had 4 or 5 coulda shoulda losses this year where big mistakes cost them games. I'm not calling for Whit's ouster, but there needs to be some soul searching and some fundamental changes to the way that the Utes approach things.

JD
Las Vegas, NV

Utah was in every game but one this year. We had a chance to win every single game but one with a few minutes left in every game. There was improvement every week. Sometimes you just need a little luck, we had a lot of luck in 2004 and 2008, I believe it cycles, it will return. But when you have a chance to win every single game your playing, I don't know how you can't see that the Utes are so very close to turning the corner. I laugh at those who want Kyle gone, name a coach with experience in a BCS conference that is a proven winner that would be willing to come to Utah? Kyle knows the history of this program inside and out and knows how to recruit due to the religion issue the University faces. The last two years the Utes finished with a top 5 recruiting class within the PAC-12. It's happening people, the sky is not falling, the Utes are going to be a top tier team in the PAC-12, it just doesn't happen over night. Good things come to those who are patient, it will happen for the Utes!

Lifelong Republican
Orem, UT

I can't believe my tax money pays for this. Guess who the highest paid public employee is in the state of Utah. Well if they don't start winning that might change soon.

I really don't think Utah was ready to make the jump into the p12. If they were still in the mwc they could have challenged for the championship and gone bowling instead of playing their last game this week to stay out of last place in the league.

What could have been...

Steven S Jarvis
Orem, UT

Positive Predictions for the Utes next year:

Utah will start Conner Manning at QB
Utah will go 2-1 out of conference (IDS, Fresno)
Utah will win a conference road game

Steven S Jarvis
Orem, UT

The Utes won't be changing the head coach this year. Why should they? They have a head coach in reserve with Denis Erickson if they had to make a change mid season, and the Utes still had success and improvement this year. If Utah starts out 2-4 next year maybe then they change. But who will they get to take over that will do better than Whittingham has? If the Utes press the panic button they may end up like Southern Miss. That team used to be a perennial ten win team. It wasn't good enough for the fans. They fired a great coach and have one a game or two since. Utah fires their coach and the program goes from where it is to rock bottom winning one or two games max a year.

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

utah won't fire whittingham this year, nor should they. utah "fans" need to realize what utah is, and what it isn't. utah is in the pac12 and as such it has some ins to a certain level of recruit. But utah is also in a cold weather state with a homogenous population and a less than stellar reputation for minorities. It is also the least well funded athletic program in the pac12 and won't be making any jumps up that ladder anytime soon. Those facts eliminate it from being even a consideration for the vast majority of top quality recruits, utah is NEVER going to get those guys in any quantity or with any regularity.

The comparisons to the arizona schools we have heard are pretty accurate although utah is actually not even up to their level in geography and desirability to recruits. What kid wouldn't rather go to the warmth of arizona and party?

utah's success has been predicated on it being able to take recruits that used to go to BYU and filling in with some decent out of state guys. That is what utah is. whittingham understands that, someone else might not.

Johnny Triumph
American Fork, UT

The headline is amusing here...like he's going to roll over and quit trying.

KWhitt might not be the right man for this job, his choices of assistants points to that. And lack of quality depth at QB is alarming.

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

whittingham has made some glaringly bad mistakes. His inability to recruit or develop qb's is probably the most glaring but his hiring of assistant coaches is another. That said he is still the best guy for that job at this time IMO. He understands the unique culture of this state and the things that make the utah job a challenge. No utah does not have all of the standards BYU has but the culture there is still similar to an extent and the majority of the students and alumni are LDS and expect a certain level adherence to LDS standards. That is jsut the way it is.

Part of the reason utah has had success is that they have been able to convince a portion of the LDS athletes, the polynesian ones in particular, that utah is a decent alternative to BYU. It took coaches like mcbride and whittingham that undertood the LDS culture to accomplish that.

utah will never copmpete with most of the pac12 for top recruits, but they can compete with BYU for top LDS recruits if the right guy is there who understands it. utah's success depends on that happening.

morpunkt
Glendora, CA

I warned all of you Ute fans about the PAC12. But, you were so elated about it that you just wouldn't listen. When you join a conference like the PAC12, you get lots of blue chip athletes thrown at you, on a weekly basis. And this was going to be the result, relegation to the ranks of Cal and Colorado. Enjoy.
You should have stayed where you were, in the Mountain West.

Big J
Bountiful, UT

I give Utah one thing, with the exception of the AZ game, they have played hard all year. Problem is they have not always played smart. Blown opportunities for wins - OSU, UCLA, AZ, USC, AZ St, and WA St. No matter what happens Saturday, next season needs to be a 8 win season or better. The Pac-12 learning curve needs to end with this season.

Go Utes!

jarka-rus
Layton, Utah

Brian Johnson is the most overrated QB/Coach of all time.

UteMiguel
Go Utes, CA

I never agree with Duckhunter, but in this case, he is right. THere is no reason to believe that a new coach would come in and do any better. I think Whittingham can turn this thing around and get the program to where they usually have a winning record and usually go to a bowl game, while competing to win the South division every 5 years or so. That would be a good level of success given the nature of the Pac-12.

I do hope Whittingham hires some new coaches this offseason. THe following are top candidates for replacement: QB coach, receivers coach, O-line coach.

Ute2112
Murray, UT

Ok This is not about whether Whittingham is a good man or not. Its not whether he is loyal or not. No question that he is both of those. This is a decision about whether or not it is best for the program. I have said all along, I like Coach Whit, but he has struggled with developing his coaches and players in key spots. I don't know whether we can find a good replacement or whether that would even be best for the program. I am just sick of losing games we should have won. We have pretty much competed all year but have not been able to close out strong. I think this is a coaching issue. I believe some key coaching changes would be a good thing..... whether Coach Whit is part of that or not I don't know, but the Utah coaching job is a much more attractive position in the PAC 12 than in the MW.

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