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Published: Monday, July 28 2014 4:55 p.m. MDT

Updated: Monday, July 28 2014 4:55 p.m. MDT

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patriot
Cedar Hills, UT

Kyle is under alot of pressure this year to win and he knows it. Finishing again with a losing Pac 12 record will most likely be the end of the Whitingham era. Hard to smile when you are under the micro-scope.

FatMan86
West Jordan, UT

Whittingham's coaching isn't the problem. The problem is that the PAC membership hasn't resulted in the Utes hauling in a roster full of 4 and 5 star recruits. 4 and 5 star talent still has to be sold on SLC and the Univ of Utah, not just the PAC 12. If the talent gap was as large as some want you to believe it is, Utah should be blowing BYU and Utah St out every year. Why isn't that happening? Because there isn't that big of a talent gap. All 3 Utah programs are far below Big 5 standards right now. The only difference is the amount of the TV money paycheck.

4 in a row!
Ogden, UT

Coach is a class act and I'm hoping he stays until he decides to retire many, many years from now.

When he's there another six years I'll get a new moniker, "8 in a row!' That's the only game they can get up for.

Go Utes!

JD
Las Vegas, NV

Patriot you do not have any proof that Whit's job is on the line. Stop feeding the press with this lie. Whittingham is Utah football, and it takes time to build a team to compete in the big leagues. There is not anything to measure his success on, since Utah is the first program to join a BCS conference. It's unchartered waters, Utah was a good team last year that had some tough breaks but certainly had chances to have a winning record and receive a bowl bid. The year before was a disaster with Jordan Wynn. One season doesn't make or break a coach, just who do you think is out there that would be better? Sure, we can name all the big names, but none of them are coming to Salt Lake City. We need to be grateful and thankful we have Kyle, he will get the job done. He does not for one minute deserve this disrespect.

swoop alumnus
SLC, UT

whit will be hunting for an assistant coach position in December

Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA

I love Whittingham, but another 5 win (or less) season and I really think it's time to look else where. I hope that doesn't happen, but the last two years have been dissapointing to say the least. Tough schedule or not, it's time to start winning some conference road games; and go bowling

Go Utes!

RBB
Sandy, UT

Whit is a class act and should be at Utah as long as he wants to be. We are no longer playing 2-3 good teams teams a year with a bunch of filler. We are playing 7-8 good teams a year. The U was competitive last year and was about 10 points away from a winning season. We just need to turn the corner. It would be very hard to find a better coach then Whit who will stay after one or two good seasons.

ekute
Layton, UT

Famous last words:

"This is our year."

"this is Kyle's last year."

lol. Go Utes. Go Kyle. Go Travis.

Utejazzfn3431
Draper, Utah

ESPN came out with strength of schedule rankings and listed UTAH as having the toughest schedule in the country. Unless you are Alabama that most likely means several losses. SO for Utah to win 6 or 7 games I would say would be a success.

Max-was-right
springville, UT

Whitt wont see the end of the season as the head coach. Too bad, he is a really good guy. Good luck getting the DC job in Provo next January Kyle.

PH
Riverton, Utah

I'm a Y fan who has tons of respect for what Whit has done and is doing. I know last year the Utes were 5-7, but with any breaks at all that would have been reversed. They were very competitive. So what if they didn't play in some no name bowl game. They had a very good football schedule and played some tough games. Whit is one of the reasons Utah football is relevant. His defenses in the 90's pushed Utah to a much higher level. Utah is not going to be Alabama, but they are always going to be competitive and have success under Whit.

mufasta
American Fork, UT

PH, well said. Whit is a great coach. I am a Y fan as well but love Ute football when the arent playing my cougs. Whit has done some amazing things as coach at the U. I hope he has a long and successful tenure. He is a good representative of the state and of his athletes. Good Luck coach Whit and Utah.

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

rbb hit the nail on the head with this statement

"It would be very hard to find a better coach then Whit who will stay after one or two good seasons"

and that is why whittingham is going to have some leeway, and should have some. utah is a stepping stone job for anyone that aspires to being a top coach at a great program. utah is not, nor will it ever be, an outside coaches ultimate goal. But for whittingham it is different because he is a local guy that wants to be in this state. I think chris hill understands this and will probably give whittingham a little bit more leeway than he would a coach that came from elsewhere.

One of the more important things for a college athletic director to understand is what your school is, what can your school be, etc. and then to make sure your hires are inline with those things. whittingham is the pinnacle for a long term coach for utah, they will never get a better coach that would be willing to stay at utah for his entiore career, or even long term.

ekute
Layton, UT

Duckhunter,

Ronnie Mac was an outsider, coached at Utah, accepted a position at one of the most prestigious programs in the country, returned to Utah and was not ready to leave when he was terminated...and the PAC was not yet even sniffing around at Ute program.

If Whitt was to leave it's likely that the majority of byu's coaching staff(including bronco) would be the first to apply for his position. ie: The Whittinghams.

Carson
Provo, UT

Max-was-right
springville, UT

"Whitt wont see the end of the season as the head coach. Too bad, he is a really good guy. Good luck getting the DC job in Provo next January Kyle".

You know Sammy,posting this kind of stuff only shows how jealous you are of the Utes. The Pac 12 invite, and the possibilities it brings Utah, has really caused much angst in Cougar Nation. Especially when you realize that a P-5 invite won't be coming for your team, leaving you Mid Majors probably forever.

Tomahawk Red
San Francisco, CA

FatMan86
West Jordan, UT

I think you are spot on, again.

Tomahawk Red
San Francisco, CA

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

I only partly agree with you.

Yes, Utah is not a destination job. But it could be for some, which is much more likely now that Utah is in the Pac 12.

I don't think Arizona or ASU are destination jobs either, but I could see Rodriguez and Graham staying long term if they keep winning. If Utah fired Whittingham and brought in, say, Dan Mullen from Miss State... and Mullen found success here, I could see him staying long term.

Why because finding success in a P5 is not always easy or even available to some coaches. If some found it at Utah, they would stay. If Utah was still in the MWC, I would agree with your assessment 100 percent.

Max-was-right
springville, UT

Carson,

You really believe after a 1-7 start that whit wont be fired? even a 2-6 start sends him packing. To think otherwise is just crazy. You can keep those beer goggles on but it doesn't change the fact that a 3rd year of no bowl game is the reason for whit being let go. The Pac ten deserves a better team than Utah is providing and Scott will make the call for whits head to dr Hill. Hill would not buck the big guy.

kaysvillecougar
KAYSVILLE, UT

Yawn, move along little children squabbling back and forth. As a cougar fan, I recognize what an excellent coach Whittingham is. One of his biggest strengths is the loyalty he engenders from those who work with him. He has an exceptional group of assistant coaches who buy in to his philosophy. Kyle is great with the media. He's straightforward and honest with how he feels. Because of his fierce competitiveness, he does have rare lapses of immaturity(see on sides kick piling on against Wyoming in the 4th quarter and Joe Glen's one fingered wave back.) He's smart and recognizes the value of the polynesian pipeline. He is the best in state recruiter anyone could hope for. For BYU's sake, I hope Whiittingham does get fired because some of those top in-state recruits would make their way south in my opinion. Do Utah fans really want to get rid of him if he has another mediocre season? Not wise.

still_thinking
Draper, UT

I think Utah sports fans drink a little too much of their own Kool-Aid. Early 2000's Utah is bumping along with McBride. Urban Meyer comes along and shoots Utah through the roof (obviously a great coach makes a difference). Meyer leaves and Whit takes over. Whit does a good job keeping Urban's system in place but he is not the coach Meyer was/is. The Ute's take that success and move to the PAC 12. Whit is not good enough to make the jump. Utah is still a great MWC team, but it's a poor PAC 12 team. Maybe Whit learns from his mistakes and eventually they do get better in the PAC 12, but the evidence to date suggests he is not good enough to make the jump. I know a lot of you will say give him time, it takes time, onward and upward, blah, blah, blah.......but I have no doubt that if Urban Meyer was still the coach they are competitive in the PAC 12. Whit didn't change Utah, Meyer did.

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