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Published: Wednesday, Aug. 6 2014 9:35 p.m. MDT

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water rocket
Magna, UT

I want to see a head coach who is more accountable, rather than blaming (and firing) the offensive coordinator every year! Coach Whit lost two very good assistants to USU, and is not even close to being a threat for a PAC 12 championship. True, he beat Stanford last year, but what happened the rest of the year? Oh ya, they did win their "bowl" game with that team down south (who actually went to a bowl game). I hate to say it, but Coach Whit may be over rated and failed to appreciate the talent of his assistant coaches. I really hope I am wrong, but unless things are different this year, I think it may be time for coach Whit to retire.

JoCo Ute
Grants Pass, OR

Armchair coaches who offer Monday morning insight on coaches on the hot seat are clueless. Coach Whittingham remains one of the best coaches in the country. A head coach is the CEO of a multi-million $ organization and Whittingham does a great job. Coach Whit graduates his kids and runs a clean program. Make no mistake, without the wins from Coach Whittingham after Urban Meyer left, the Utes would be on the outside looking in at the major conferences. He's loyal, having turned down BYU and Tennessee. He's put together one of the top coaching staffs in the country w/ 2 former National Head Coaches of the year and the National Assistant coach of the year. The number of kids that have gone on to the NFL speaks for itself.

Face facts and put egos aside, outside of WSU, Utah is the toughest place in the PAC-12 to recruit to. Coach Whittingham does more with less than any other coach in the Pac-12. The grass ain't always greener on the other side of the hill so be careful of what you wish for.

Salt Lake City, UT

I agree with Erickson - 100%.

UoU 1991
Park City, UT

It's nice that Coach Erickson has Coach Whittingham's back, but if Kyle wouldn't survive a 3-9 or 4-8 season, then, it's pointless to try to sugarcoat it, he's most definitely on the hot seat.

Two For Flinching
Salt Lake City, UT

@ water rocket

BYU is not our bowl game. At best, it's the 10th most important game on Utah's schedule.

IRS Agent

@JoCo Ute

Correction, Coach Witt does "less with less". You could claim he was doing more with less, if he were actually winning. His record is getting worse every year. Gary Anderson was the real driver behind the success at Utah. You just have to look at what he did at USU, and now where he is. Look at what Utah has done since he left. Witt may have assembled a staff of coaches with meaningless accolades, but what has that got them? Where are the results? The fact that the school is putting players in the NFL says a lot about the talent they are getting, but is an indictment of the coaching staff that they can't get wins with so much talent. In actuality, you could say that Witt is doing "less with more".

East Salt Lake City, Utah

"The Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette ranks Whittingham the most likely coach in the conference to lose his job." -- Rock

The who?

Ute Nation ranks as one of the best coaches in our history. He's not going anywhere since we most likely will win 7 games this year. I think he has one more year, unless we only win 2-3 games.

Orem, UT

Even though I'm a BYU fan, I think it would be a sad day for the U to lose Whittingham. Everyone knew going in what a difficult transition it would be going into the PAC 12. It took years for ASU and the UofA to become competitive. Why would it be different for the U? Give him at least 2or 3 more years. At least you're in one best conferences in the nation.

Tomball, TX

JoCo Ute: "Coach Whittingham remains one of the best coaches in the country."

Best at what, exactly? Certainly not at winning football games, which I thought was at the top of the list in his job description. I certainly applaud his ability to run a clean program and graduate players, but if he can't do job one, then maybe you need to hire someone who CAN do job one as well as jobs two and three.

"A head coach is the CEO of a multi-million $ organization and Whittingham does a great job."

But if that "multi-million $ organization" puts out a poor product that can't compete in the marketplace, by definition the CEO is NOT doing a "great job". The organization sooner or later has to begin looking for a CEO who CAN do a "great job".

Coach KW is a nice guy, and I wish him all the best, but if he doesn't start showing improvement this year over last, I doubt he will be Head Coach much longer.

Alpine, UT


"Ute Nation ranks as one of the best coaches in our history. He's not going anywhere since we most likely will win 7 games this year."

Chances of games won and temperature of Whittingham's coaching seat

8 - zero - cool
7 - slight - tepid
6 - slim - warm
5 - fair - hot
4 - good - blazing hot
3 - solid - screaming hot

If the Utes don't make it to a bowl game this season, chances of Whittingham surviving are only 50/50? He'll at least need one solid win, ala Stanford last year, and some heart breaking losses showing that Utah was on the cusp of getting to a bowl.

Cali blue
Coalinga, CA

Kyle will be fine as he is doing a very nice job at the u.

Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA

I really like what Whittingham was done, and after the Sugar Bowl season I really thought the guy would be Utah's coach for as long as he wanted the position. I realize Utah has a brutal schedule this year; but anything short of a bowl game warrants looking for a new coach. I really hope it doesn't happen, but if the Utes have a horrible season; say

Cletus from Coalville
Coalville, UT

It don't matter if we lose because we care a whole bunch more about being prestegous and saying that we are big boys in a big boy conference now even though we don't go to bowl games anymore and that's whats really important to lots of us now.

Go Utes!

Central, UT

Gosh, maybe we should go independent and schedule 10 wins most years and 8 wins on the others (so we can talk about our grueling schedule and how we are the best team in the state...even though we can't beat the other teams). Then we can smack our lips about going to a bowl game, woohoo we would be 'Downtown' and riding high! That would keep coach Wittingham secure. Nothing like a schedule that equates to a gov't job to keep the kids fed and braces on their teeth.

If the Utes win 4+ games this season and Wittingham is fired, my wallet closes. I will always be a Ute fan but I will no longer give any moeny to the U.

'Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette' seriously?

Truth Machine
Salt Lake City, UT


Utah fans used to brag about Utah's bowl winning streak when the Utes were nothing but a very mediocre 7-5 team beating up on another very mediocre 7-5 team, but now that the Utes aren't even good enough to qualify for a bowl, it's hilarious that you're forced to pretend that having a losing record versus a tough schedule is superior to actually playing in a bowl.

Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA


I hope it doesn't happen, but say Utah wins 4 games this year. How much longer to you give Whittingham? That would be 3 years with no bowl and sub .500 football. I hope it doesn't happen, but at some point you have to make a change.

Salt Lake City, UT

The team is moving in the right direction and the local media needs to find something else to write about. Hey, I know...how about an article exploring pitfalls of an emotional move to independence by the team down south and schedules high school teams to show how desperate they are to be part of an elite conference?

Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA

SI.com has Whittingham at #14 on the hot seat.
ESPN has him as #2 in the PAC 12; only behind Sonny Dykes of Cal.

If his seat isn't hot; it's certainly very warm. I really hope he turns it around this year.

Go Utes!

@Truth Machine

What's more hilarious is that you brag about playing a weak schedule and ending up in the same old low tier bowl. No chance of achieving a better bowl. Nope, win 6, 8, or 11 games, and you end up in Miami playing the winner of the American Conference. The payout doesn't even cover the travel costs. Certainly nothing to beat on your chest about; and that's the Truth; and you know it! It's gotta be a tough pill to swallow.

Sandy, UT

re: 81ute

'If the Utes win 4+ games this season and Wittingham is fired, my wallet closes. I will always be a Ute fan but I will no longer give any moeny to the U.'

I doubt they would care much. It won't be about what you think or do. It's the big boosters. They guys with names on athletic facilities that they care if their wallets close that matters. Obviously, Erickson thinks this talk is stupid since it directly affects his future employment. He's not biased at all.

Riddles in the Dark
Olympus Cove, Utah


"The team is moving in the right direction and the local media needs to find something else to write about."

Sure, bury your head in the sand and pretend that everything is rosy - 4-5, 3-6, 2-7 doesn't seem to be heading in the direction that most fans would consider the "right direction".

Eventually, even you will get tired of having to justify losing, bowl less seasons, with the whiny excuse, "but we played a really tough schedule".

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