Utah Utes football: Kyle Whittingham relishes opportunity to coach his son

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  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    Dec. 30, 2011 9:48 a.m.


    I'd be bitter, as well, if I lived in Idaho Falls.

    Have a wonderful winter!

  • MiP Iowa City, IA
    Dec. 30, 2011 12:59 a.m.


    For an example of a truly special special teams contributor, see Greg Bird.

    Dec. 29, 2011 11:45 p.m.

    Ed, "Special teams contributor" means exactly what it says it means. He appeared in 20 games (meaning he was actually on the field), I believe it says, and made 7 tackles. That's special teams contribution. It has nothing to do with playing on the scout team.

  • EdGrady Idaho Falls, ID
    Dec. 29, 2011 10:44 p.m.

    "special teams contributor." Translation: scout team player.

  • Herby Hurricane, UT
    Dec. 29, 2011 5:42 p.m.

    I respect Whit even more now because of this story. Most Dads will play their sons whether or not they deserve it.

  • iluvnz Vernal, UT
    Dec. 29, 2011 4:42 p.m.

    I'm a dyed-in-the-wool BYU fan, but have always been a huge fan of Coach Whit. He is absolutely a class act. Clearly his son is following in his huge foot steps. Go Coogs...Go Coach Whit.

  • Robroy Murray, utah
    Dec. 29, 2011 2:17 p.m.

    Congrats to the Whittinghams. Nice story. I do believe that Randy Reid started for Michigan his last two years of college Bball. I think there were more folks than his Dad that knew he was qualified to be a starter.

  • So. Cal Reader San Diego, CA
    Dec. 29, 2011 11:46 a.m.

    Congrats to father and son. What an experience together. Memories to talk about forever. I agree w/ Y Ask Y, class act all around.

  • Y Ask Y Provo, UT
    Dec. 29, 2011 10:16 a.m.

    You gotta' respect Whittingham. What a class act.

    And I am a (pre-Indy) BYU Cougar Fan!

  • eagle Provo, UT
    Dec. 29, 2011 10:10 a.m.

    There is a great story here on how to handle coaching one's own sons. Roger Reid, while at BYU, elevated his two boys to starting positions probably before they deserved it. The recruiting mess that followed took BYU basketball to its lowest depths. Whittingham realized the true talent of his own son and made him earn his stripes which Tyler did. I have huge respect for that. We didn't see Tyler out there starting because he was the coach's son but he made the team (deservedly) and took advantage of the opportunities given that he earned through his hard work. Great story, great example of how to coach one's own family. I wish more coaches that had sons playing would learn from this great example. Ultimately, I think it made Tyler's teammates respect him and his father even more. Best of luck to the Utes in their bowl game.

  • GoGetter Sandy, UT
    Dec. 29, 2011 9:46 a.m.

    What a awesome article, I'm sure it would be hard being a walk on and also the coach's son. What a great family, I can't wait for the Sun Bowl!!

    go Utes!

  • Veracity Morgan, UT
    Dec. 29, 2011 8:39 a.m.

    Classy family.

  • Weber State Graduate Clearfield, UT
    Dec. 29, 2011 6:37 a.m.

    I'm not a big Ute fan, but this is a great story. Gotta love the kid's desire to work hard so he can get an opportunity to try and make his dad proud. I'm sure his dad is proud regardless of whether he played footbal for him or not.

  • wwookie Payson, UT
    Dec. 28, 2011 10:20 p.m.

    Where's the article on the 2 utes that made the pro-bowl?
    Weddle was much improved this season with his interceptions and Steve smith was simply amazing.

    Tyler won't be moving to the next level, but he can claim the same great heritage as these two nfl greats.