Utah Utes football: Whittingham declines to Volunteer

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  • You want to talk history?
    Feb. 13, 2010 4:31 p.m.

    BYU fans, if you really want to lean on that stupid national championship crutch then lets look at the entire history of the rivalry. The overall standings of the rivalry is 53-34-4 in Utah's favor.....looks like a 19 game difference to me.......GO UTES!

  • re: 9:05AM
    Jan. 19, 2010 11:30 a.m.

    That makes this even more great for Whit. Bronco was on the list of possible candidates, yet they flew into PROVO UTAH to interview WHIT for the job.

    It would be kind of a like having 2 sisters, one whom loves to brag about herself and tell the rest of the world how great she is, the other says very little even though she is the hotter of the two, then when the star QB comes to the door, the egotistical sister comes running downs the stairs as the star QB turns to the quiet sister and asks her out on a date.

    I can just picture Bronco being pissed and running up to the Y on the mountain saying "What about me, I'm hear too gosh dangit!"

  • Anonymous
    Jan. 19, 2010 10:45 a.m.

    To: Re: Best part... | 9:05 a.m.

    Look at it this way, given the rate at which the top coaches are turning down the Vols job, they will get to Bronco...eventually.

  • Re: Re: Best part... | 9:05 a.m.
    Jan. 19, 2010 9:39 a.m.

    What...and the Deseret News didn't jump all over it? Not likely. You BYU fans create your own reality. If there is something you want you simply spin your way to get it.

    Bronco, without the Honor Code he uses as a crutch but refuses to uphold, would not survive long. No school in it's right mind would consider him and in fact, none have...not seriously, anyway. It does indeed appear that the Vols have pursued many coaches and Mendenhall is not among them.

  • Re: Best part...
    Jan. 19, 2010 9:05 a.m.

    If you researched the job search you would see that UT had Bronco as a candidate (look up CBSSports website). I guess even for a Ute fan ignorance is bliss.

  • Utefan15
    Jan. 19, 2010 8:38 a.m.

    Wittingham is awesome. This just goes to show you that he isn't in it for the money. Go Utes!

  • Best part of this article is....
    Jan. 19, 2010 8:12 a.m.

    The Tennessee folks flew into Provo to visit with Utah's head coach.

    Guess they didn't realize that Provo was Cougartown, and is owned by Bronco Mendenhall. Wonder if they even know who Bronco is?

    Apparently not.

  • U Bound
    Jan. 18, 2010 8:11 p.m.

    Coach Whitt is one of the best recruiters around and i'm glad he's staying. A real asset for the "U". He didn't want any part of that mess in Tenn. anyway. This new QB he just signed from SoCal is a good example. 6"3" 218 with speed and a rocket arm. Lookin Good!!!

  • SJ
    Jan. 18, 2010 3:16 p.m.

    I'm impressed with Whit's decision. I thought he was all about the money. Guess I was wrong about him.

  • I don't get it....
    Jan. 17, 2010 7:47 p.m.

    This article is about Chris Hill's welcomed but on-going problem of Coach Whittingham being pursued by Tennessee and other high profile programs (Florida and USC).

    None of these coaching positions has ever mentioned Mendenhall so why are there so many posts pertaining to Mendenhall?? Either BYU fans are going crazy because Mendenhall is not wanted by other programs or Utah fans are anxiously engaged in rubbing it in. Whatever the scenario, the article has NOTHING to do with Mendenhall and BOTH fan bases are completely obsessed with one another.

    Good grief...get a life, people!!

  • Anonymous
    Jan. 17, 2010 4:49 p.m.

    "If we didn't have the BCS, the Cougars would've won several more national championships since 1984."

    How exactley would BYU have won more Championships? LOL. Really I love to hear your logic "Cosmo's Cousins" LOL

    I guess being locked down in church all day brings out the best of the zoobies.

  • Cosmo's Cousin
    Jan. 17, 2010 3:43 p.m.

    If we didn't have the BCS, the Cougars would've won several more national championships since 1984. BYU has been one of the biggest football powerhouses in the West since the 1970s.

  • Real National Champions
    Jan. 17, 2010 10:37 a.m.

    In my view, the Utes won the national championship in both 2004 and 2008. Silly polls aside, the Utes had better, more impressive seasons in 2004 and 2008 than the Cougars in 1984. For starters, Utah had to beat more teams and better teams to go undefeated.

    Utah beat the 2nd ranked team in the nation in '08. Who did the Kewgs beat to win the "national championship" in 1984??

    To say Utah wasn't the national champion in 2004 and 2008 is to defend the BCS.

    National Championships

    Utah - 2
    BYU - 1

  • New Rumor
    Jan. 16, 2010 10:33 p.m.

    LA Tech (of the WAC) is going after Bronco.
    Offer is $1.1 mil each for 5 years.

    Will Bosco become the next BYU coach?
    Stay tuned.

  • re: slim shady
    Jan. 16, 2010 10:15 p.m.

    "One, BYU fan the 1984 NC is a joke."

    Oh really? Please explain why the voters in both major polls unanimously voted BYU #1. Oh wait a minute I forgot you know SO much more about football than any of them ever did. Right...

    I think BYU's NC also had a lot to do with the great seasons they had starting in 1979 and leading up to 1984 and the 3 Heisman QB candidates they had during that time span who all finished in the top 5 in Heisman voting. Plus they played some pretty good defense during that time. You can ask the Whittinghams about that (Fred Sr., Fred Jr, Cary, and Kyle).

    But thanks for playing, slim shady. Oooooo, what a COOL name you have.

  • A LIfetime BYU Fan
    Jan. 16, 2010 8:01 p.m.

    I have been a season ticket holder in BYU football and basketball for 31 years. I love my Cougars.

    But let's stay real. Both BYU and Utah have great programs. They are both nationally recognized. Let's all us Cougar and Ute fans accept and enjoy that fact.

    And BYT, Whit is an excellent coach and class act. We are all lucky that he chose to stay in Utah.

  • Re: BCS era and nothing else
    Jan. 16, 2010 7:35 p.m.

    All I can say is, this blog is full of jealous BYU fans trying to make a point of how much more worthy their 1984 championship is than the Utes 2 BCS championships. Also pointing out all of BYUs victories over Utah, failing to mention Utah's two 24+ point wins both seasons Utah crashed the BCS and won. I personally don't really care about BYU's 24 year old championship, because no one will remember that, only what was accomplished within the decade of the BCS era. And do you think anyone outside of Utah cares what BYU accomplished 24+ years ago??? BCS schools are more concerned about adding more BCS wins to their resume than what BYU did, 24 million years ago. That trophy is probably in your trophy case collecting dust and a bit rusty. The two most feared non-BCS schools right now that no one wants to play is Boise St and Utah. Look what happened when FSU played in Provo, BYU didn't even show up. BCS schools will jump on that in a heart beat, because they no that BYU is a gimmie win. Sorry, just saying what I see.

  • Slim Shady
    Jan. 16, 2010 6:51 p.m.

    A couple of things......
    One, BYU fan the 1984 NC is a joke. There was no BCS then. You beat a 6-5 Michigan team (6-6 after the game)...and again it was '84.

    Two, All Ute and BYU fans: Troy Calhoun was asked BEFORE Whitas were a number of others.

    Three, if you are a fan of a particular school in the MWC, why are you "proud" that these coaches turned down Tennessee? I really don't get it. UT is a MUCH better job than any MWC job. In the case of Calhoun, he is a AFA grad and the connection there is a LOT deeper than the BYU connection that Bronco has (Oregon State grad). He loves the mission of the academy because he went there, served on active duty in the AF, etc.

    Four, Urban Meyer put Utah on the map. Whit has continued what he started. Without Meyer, Utah is still a basketball school.

  • Whew!
    Jan. 16, 2010 6:19 p.m.

    The ute nation dodged a bullet. Thanks to coach whit for keeping the Utah football program intact. Utah football is also part of Kyle's family. As a fan of Utah football for 30 years, I feel blessed. Kyle will maybe get his chance to take Utah to a Nastional title sometime.

    Go UTES!

  • bert
    Jan. 16, 2010 5:24 p.m.

    Its great that football in the state of Utah is doing so well.
    I'm glad coach Whitingham made the decision to stay.Sounds like he made a wise choice.
    To bad the dorks[byu and utah haters] have to come out and be negative all the time.

  • True
    Jan. 16, 2010 5:23 p.m.

    Coach Whittingham, you seem like a decent man and a credit to the colleges you represent so well. Thank you.

  • WSU Cougar
    Jan. 16, 2010 4:06 p.m.

    As a Ute Fan I'm thankful that Kyle is staying.

    To the whiners (both Utes and Cougars), get a life.

    The conference is doing great, Kyle and Branco are both successful and the nation is taking notice of the conference. It's a great time to be Ute, Cougar and Mt. West Conference fans!

  • WSU Cougar
    Jan. 16, 2010 4:05 p.m.

    As a Ute Fan I'm thankful that Kyle is staying.

    To the whiners (both Utes and Cougars), get a life.

    The conference is doing great, Kyle and Branco are both successful and the nation is taking notice of the conference. It's a great time to be Ute, Cougar and Mt. West Conference fans!

  • Re: This is how I see it
    Jan. 16, 2010 4:03 p.m.

    Amen brother from a Ute fan!!! Yes BYU does have a 25 year national championship. It is a championship at that, take nothing away from that. Regardless if BYU has a championship, most football fans around the country give Utah a lot of respect because it has crashed and won the BCS twice convincingly. They have what is called "BCS street cred" and most would say even though it doesn't have an actual championship, two BCS appearances would equate to two victories similar to championships. Deny it or not, some view it that way because the BCS has no credibility. So in a lot of peoples minds around the country, Utah would have two national championships without having played in two NCGs. It is a weird thing until the BCS and the NCAA do the right thing...

  • Why can't U
    Jan. 16, 2010 3:33 p.m.

    take a compliment without being chippy? Great coach...fans need class!

  • I HAVE AN IDEA!!!!
    Jan. 16, 2010 3:29 p.m.

    Whittingham played at BYU and coaches for the U.....why doesnt Whit hire Max Hall as an assistant?

  • re: BYU Fan/Likes utah
    Jan. 16, 2010 1:56 p.m.

    "Why does every article that has anything to do with either BYU or Utah result in immature bantering back and forth between BYU and Utah fans on these comment boards?"

    Because they started it.

    In case you hadn't noticed, USU, Boise St, SEC, and Pac-10 fans also contribute to the bantering. Don't worry, President Obama is going to fix this too.

  • BYU fan who hates the Utes
    Jan. 16, 2010 1:50 p.m.

    Coach Whittingham is full of class! Thank you for staying at Utah. The Mountain West needs to stick together. Every year they are getting better and will be a power conference someday. The only reason the Pac 10 etc would even consider bringing a BYU or Utah is so that the MWC does not infringe on the BCS monopoly. Stick it out guys, get better and become the big boys!


  • BYU Fan who also likes Utah
    Jan. 16, 2010 12:38 p.m.

    Good for Coach Whittingham. He has a good thing going at Utah, and has just given the program its best five year span ever. If he went to Tennessee he would be expected to make them back into NC contenders... and if he didn't do it in 2-3 years would be fired. At Utah he gets the respect he deserves.

    Also, I have one question for you all... Why does every article that has anything to do with either BYU or Utah result in immature bantering back and forth between BYU and Utah fans on these comment boards?

  • Good call by Whitt
    Jan. 16, 2010 11:51 a.m.

    Better for him to stay at utah instead of taking on the much bigger challenge of coaching an SEC team, especially one with problems that need to be fixed. Reminds me of when he turned down BYU because of the rebuilding needed and the extra burdens of the honor code and having so many RM's on the team and the higher academic standards to even get into BYU. He's right to stay at the U, it's a much easier job that he will be able to handle.

  • Ernest T. Bass
    Jan. 16, 2010 11:09 a.m.

    So when is the parade?

  • re: re: Great news for Cougar fa
    Jan. 16, 2010 10:58 a.m.

    No they didn't offer it to Bronco. They knew he has too much integrity for their type of program.

  • Wayne Rout
    Jan. 16, 2010 10:57 a.m.

    Cougar fans... lay off. I respect Coach Whittingham because he has chosen to honor his commitment to Utah. Who knows the reason or what prompted the decision. I'm glad he was considered. I am glad he is staying. It's best for all concerned.

    BYU True Blue

  • RE: Great News for Cougar Fans
    Jan. 16, 2010 10:52 a.m.

    Nobody offered the job to Bronco though, did they.

  • juvenile comments
    Jan. 16, 2010 10:39 a.m.

    My dad is stronger than your dad. Well my mom is better looking than your mom. "Oh ya." "Hu ah." Reading these comments is like listening to children from kindergarten argue. The fact is both programs are doing well and helping each other. My new resolution is to never read these comments again. I feel my IQ dropping each time I read this drivel.

  • Digbads
    Jan. 16, 2010 10:37 a.m.

    I liked Whittingham as a player, and its nice seeing him bring some class to such a sleazy football program. It seems like it is becoming BYU North.

  • Cougar Fan
    Jan. 16, 2010 10:19 a.m.

    Just want to reiterate my respect for Kyle Whittingham. My perception is that he is a man of great integrity. We're proud he was once a Cougar and respect him as a friend and great opponent.

    I'm pleased that he and Calhoun both turned the Vols down.

    This is a big deal. Tennessee is one of the five or six programs in the country with a chance of getting to and winning the BCS championship game. Whittingham traded that for continuing on at the U.

  • Ha ha!
    Jan. 16, 2010 10:18 a.m.

    Wow, I haven't seen the utes jump all over a story since....well, since the Max Hall comments. It's funny how almost all the comments from BYU fans are congratulatory to Whit (except for the trolls - come on guys, you can tell the difference), yet Ute fans are jumping all over it as if it erases the fact that they lost in football and their bball team is terrible.

    Ha Ha! Next you'll be talking about how your gymnastics team is better.

    On a different note, according to Tenn news, they were interested in Bronco for the job, but as everyone knows Bronco is in his dream job right now and will never leave. Makes you wonder how they got so far into the discussions with Kyle. The fact that Kyle had to sleep on it should raise some questions.

    You're dillusional if you think Whit is a better coach than Bronco. I'd say it's a tie, but I like Bronco better for our program. But go ahead Utes, whatever validates you. I realize not much is going your way these days.

    SCOREBOARD! (it's what counts)

  • Texas Cougar Fan
    Jan. 16, 2010 10:09 a.m.

    Count me as another Cougar fan happy to see Coach Whit staying with the U and with the MWC. He has done a tremendous job there and I hope he keeps it going for a long time. That being said, don't assume this is entirely a case of turning down the big bucks to stay at home because of loyalty, family, etc. Let's be honest, there's a reason Calhoun, Cutcliffe, and Muschamp also rejected Tennessee's offer. It's a bad situation for a new head coach (excepting the salary, of course. Great situation if you want to just collect the money and run.) What if Meyer had really stepped down and Florida had offered Whittingham the job? Would he really have turned that down? Would anyone?
    If Whittingham continues to have success (I believe he will) his name will come up every time there is a big time job opening. We'll see what happens.
    BTW, by my count, there was only one comment (a very lame one) that was even remotely negative toward Whittigham. Ute fans sure are touchy these days. Heaven help us if anyone mentions the name Max Hall...oops...uh-oh.

  • HMMM...
    Jan. 16, 2010 10:00 a.m.

    While it is nice to see a BCS program looking at coach Whittingham, it is also concerning. First off, Tennessee settled with the La. Tech Coach with a loosing record. Why would Whittingham give the Utes for a team that is merely mediocre in the SEC. This is not a big deal! It pays of for coaches like Whittingham to stay in place for a few more seasons and then take a huge job. If he went to Tennessee now, there would be too much pressure not to leave when he would be offered a more lucrative contract at a bigger school. This move was simply to make him more marketable down the road.

  • Y fan
    Jan. 16, 2010 8:58 a.m.

    This article is not about the U or the Y programs. It is about a great coach tha was looked at by a traditionally respectd program.

    Congrats Coach. You are respected in both valleys and around the country.

  • RE:dominant? | 2:02 a.m.
    Jan. 16, 2010 6:51 a.m.

    "Kyle finishing behind Bronco in the MWC standings four of his five years as head coach, and losing 3 out of 5 head-to-head matchups hardly shows dominance"

    From a National perspective know on cares about head-to-head (especiall against a mostly irrelevant byu team)matchups. They care about BCS BOWL success.
    Thus, whit will always beauty queen and donko will always be the house frow.

  • Kyle is red on the outside
    Jan. 16, 2010 6:50 a.m.

    K whit is a great coach and man. Its hard to hate the u when their coach bleeds blue.

  • Anonymous
    Jan. 16, 2010 6:44 a.m.

    There is one point people seem to not understand,,, there is a difference between respect and money, just because you make alot of money, does not mean you are respected, respect has everything to do with charachter, Coach Whitinham, I believe, has charachter. to many people think they can buy class and standing with money, not so, I am proud of Coach Whitingham, and also Coach Mendenhall, I love the MWC, and I think we will start to get respect because of our charachter,

  • This is how I see it
    Jan. 16, 2010 5:59 a.m.

    Because of his accomplishments, as a top assistant and as a head coach, Coach Whitt deserves attention from big name schools when they have coaching vacancies. Admit it Cougar fans, winning BSC bowls is a MAJOR accomplishment for ANY coach. It's a small fraternity of coaches who have done it.

    BYU has a very good coach, and one that is a great fit for their program. His accomplishments also are worthy of national attention, but big name programs stay away because it's so obvious that he's in his dream job. He wants to be the "next LaVell," so I don't see him moving.

    Like it or not fellow-Ute fans, BYU DOES have a national championship. But there ought to be a statute of limitations on bragging about it. It's been 25 years! Plus, if you don't remember BYU beating 6-5, unranked Michigan, then please refrain from using "national championship" in your post. Leave that for the people who were old enough to have seen the game.

    I admire BYU's consistency, but Utah's been better for fifteen years - head to head, bowl (especially BCS) wins, AP top 5 finishes.

  • Stat correction? | 1:59 a.m. Jan
    Jan. 16, 2010 3:47 a.m.

    "Please don't make yourself look like a fool by giving us "technically"."

    Technically BwhyU won the NC in 1984 - I guess I'm acting foolish.

  • dominant?
    Jan. 16, 2010 2:02 a.m.

    Kyle finishing behind Bronco in the MWC standings four of his five years as head coach, and losing 3 out of 5 head-to-head matchups hardly shows dominance.

  • Stat correction?
    Jan. 16, 2010 1:59 a.m.

    You're the only who believes the 2004 team was Kyle's team.

    The rest of the college sports world knows it was Urban Meyers' team.

    Please don't make yourself look like a fool by giving us "technically".

    Assists are assists.

    Head coaches are head coaches.

    Giving Kyle credit for Urban's team is a slap in the face to the coach whose team it really was.

  • re: Utah Mann et al.
    Jan. 16, 2010 1:13 a.m.

    WOW!! I can't count how many other coaches found it hard to turn down that job. LOL! By the way, the main man from the WAC powerhouse, La Tech (with a losing record) stepped up to steal it away from everyone.

    It appears nearly everyone turned down the Vols. Their program is in shambles at the moment. Recruits are abandoning ship.

    It's fine Kyle is staying. I haven't heard one person comment about why he would even interview for the job. Why put Tennessee to the trouble of coming to Utah? It appears his interest was more than a passing one and it was seriously considered for a time.

    Also interesting how we sing his praises of valuing other things more than money when just the opposite is among the top reasons he's at Utah now instead of BYU where he played college ball.

  • Tommy MOE
    Jan. 16, 2010 1:11 a.m.

    I don't think a mormon Coach would be able to fit into a very baptist coaching position. It would not work! Whiitingam is overrated, and frankly, it just would not fit!

    GO BLUE!

  • socalyfan
    Jan. 16, 2010 1:03 a.m.

    please never leave Whit its too much fun beating you and your team each year. Btw make sure boylen stays as well, in fact give that man an extension.

  • Utah Mann
    Jan. 15, 2010 11:54 p.m.

    WOW!! It would be hard to turn down that job! I am really glad coach Whit turned down the vols, I just don't know if I could have done the same.

    The Utes will be dominant for years to come.

    GO UTES!!! Thanks Kyle...we love you

  • Stat correction
    Jan. 15, 2010 11:31 p.m.

    And by the way, to those who've been saying Whit has one BCS win, let me remind you that he was named co-head coach before the Fiesta Bowl. So technically, he has TWO BCS Bowl wins to his credit.

  • wrt
    Jan. 15, 2010 11:28 p.m.

    Whittingham turns down the Vols and Chow turns down the Trojans. Great news and wise decisions by both men. Both of the offering schools have serious leadership and management problems.

  • swr
    Jan. 15, 2010 11:23 p.m.

    Just curious where the writer got the details. Whittingham wouldn't comment. Nobody from TN was quoted. So, where did the info come from?

  • BYU Fan
    Jan. 15, 2010 11:14 p.m.

    To ignorant Utah fans (as opposed to most Ute fans who are actually good, smart people:

    If you haven't noticed, most comments from BYU fans have been giving Whittingham praise for staying at Utah. It is because most of us notice he is a great coach and a great guy and that college football in Utah is better with him here than it would be with him gone. I hope he continues to do well in Utah and that the rivalry continues to be competitive. Go BYU!

  • Ute and Y alum
    Jan. 15, 2010 11:05 p.m.

    Kyle, thanks for sticking around. I'm glad $$ isn't everything (but I wouldn't mind making his Utah salary)

  • Rick
    Jan. 15, 2010 10:38 p.m.

    Sheesh, you are all really immature.

    It's not a put-down or a taunt to say that Bronco wasn't offered the job. Of course he wasn't offered the job---everyone knows he wouldn't even "sleep on it"---that's not the kind of job he wants. If he WANTED to go to the BCS, there would be schools that would come calling. BYU is the 4th winningst team in the last 4 years, and that doesn't go unnoticed.

    But that's no knock against Coach Whit---he's a great coach too. I love them both. The posts knocking Coach Whit are from Ute trolls trying to pose as Cougars. Anyone with a brain can clearly see that both are excellent coaches.

    Great to have them both in the state!

    And let's stop the silly talk about which team is better based on past stats. We can bend statistics any way we want for either side. Utah got us a year ago, and BYU got you this year. End of story. We'll see what happens this November. The past means nothing --- for EITHER team.

  • Nashville
    Jan. 15, 2010 10:37 p.m.

    Who are those Smoky Mountain people trying to kid.....Tennessee doesn't have a FOOTBALL TEAM?

    This was a NO-BRAINER for Kyle....stick around Kyle, you have class and we at BYU like you!

  • 36-3
    Jan. 15, 2010 9:56 p.m.

    I like it. Boise State can play the 2nd string and not risk the 1st stringers in two years.

  • Kyle Stays with Schedule King
    Jan. 15, 2010 9:48 p.m.

    Why go to Tenn and play a SE conf schedule when you can stay at Utah and get help from the schedule king who sets up winable seasons. 2004 and 2008 the schedule king relly helped the Utes with easier schedules than a couple, not one but a couple, of other teams in the MWC. 2004 they did not have to play at USC and ND. Last year they drew TCU and OSU in SLC. Had the schedule king not come through in those years, all this BCS hoopla would be for naught.

    As to the stupid lucky play comment, the writer quickly forgets that 2005 was an overtime lucky play that went to the Utes. So yeah, BYU is 3-2 in the last 5 against the Utes and 3 out of the last 4.

    Next year should be interesting because both BYU and Utah have difficult schedules. The schedule king may have failed Kyle for the next 2 or 3 seasons.

  • Y luck
    Jan. 15, 2010 9:22 p.m.

    Coach Whit is 3 lucky plays from being 5-0 against the Y

  • BYU and Vol fan in Provo
    Jan. 15, 2010 9:17 p.m.

    As a BYU fan from TN who is currently living in both Knoxville and Provo (and who also cheers for the Utes, shocking, I know), I'm glad that Kyle was offered the job, and I understand why he turned it down. Utah holds much more job security with less stress and pressure than playing in the SEC. Kyle likes living in Utah, for good reason. I love both places, as both are beautiful in different ways.

    Random thoughts:

    Tennessee is not a bottom-tier SEC school, it's one of the top 10-15 programs in the nation with alot of football history and a bright future.

    For those dissing Bronco, CBSSports' website was reporting that Bronco was one of the candidates for the job, along with Kyle, so if UT talked to Bronco it wasn't reported or released for whatever reason.

    Although I'm not crazy about all of the Ute fans, I do like the U and am glad that the MWC is receiving more respect. As a MWC AND SEC fan, I'd love to see a playoff so MWC schools can have a shot at a NC like BYU did in 1984.

  • Front Page Sports
    Jan. 15, 2010 9:12 p.m.

    What ever happened to Clueless Kyle?

  • cougars are best
    Jan. 15, 2010 9:06 p.m.

    Since I have been alive the cougars still dominate the series. BYU 25 UTah 12. Ha ha and we have a national championship and multiple 10 + win seasons.we have finished the season ranked 15 times. and the U? lets just say you dont have a championship, I can count the 10 win seasons on one hand, and oh ya BYU's program is better than utah's! ha ha

  • Um,
    Jan. 15, 2010 8:53 p.m.

    1984 was 26 years ago, please don't embarrass those of us who graduated from the U.

  • WHY??
    Jan. 15, 2010 8:42 p.m.

    Why is it that evry Cougar fan has to retaliate with one of two points: (1) 1984 and (2) Heisman trophy? Simple response is 1984 was now almost 20 years ago and Ty Detmer did what in the NFL? Oh yes...nothing!

  • UTAH Nation
    Jan. 15, 2010 8:40 p.m.

    We Love you Coach Whitt!

    Let's get another BCS win this upcoming season and hopefully a "legit" and not a "mythical" national championship while you are here at the helm for many more winning seasons to come!

  • Who is Coug Fan.....
    Jan. 15, 2010 8:05 p.m.

    Is it just me, or is this guy off his horse. BYU beat a 7-4 Michigan team in the Holiday bowl, and won the national championship. Wow, no wonder why the BCS was invented. To stop posers like the Y from falsely claiming they were the best team that year. Coug fan, what do you think BYU's record would have been if they played in the Big 12, or Big Ten that year? Think they would have been undefeated? I thought so! You know that answer to that one. Your Championship was a joke. Just ask Barry Switzer. OU would have creamed you guys. So in todays world, Utah's win AT Bama was so much more convincing than your come from behind victory over the Big 10's #3 or team that year.

    Get a clue, you sound like an idiot on here.

  • Urban
    Jan. 15, 2010 7:48 p.m.

    The insecurity of some Cougar fans/posters makes for comedy gold.

    To wit: Well, maybe an SEC school traveled to Utah to offer yet another Yewt coach a job (and ignored our head coach just 45 minutes to the south) but....but....but....We won the national champion!!!! (years before Harvey Unga was born) So..so...so....in your face Yewts!!!!! Nuff said, Yewts!!!!

  • Howard S.
    Jan. 15, 2010 7:42 p.m.

    Thank you Coach Whit.

  • Anonymous
    Jan. 15, 2010 7:39 p.m.

    Let's be honest, any cougar fan would trade their last ten years for what Utah has accomplished. Those two undefeated seasons are better than if byu had won the mwc championship 10 times. If you're a fan you don't think logically and I understand that. I am just commenting objectively here as an outsider that appreciates the success of both programs. Now, I think the cougars are on the rise for sure and have potential to crack the bcs. Both of these programs have made major strides in the last ten years (especially utah).

  • Two Thumbs Up!
    Jan. 15, 2010 7:07 p.m.

    You rock Kyle. Hopefully Utah Jazz players can learn from your example and start to win more.

  • Riverton Ute
    Jan. 15, 2010 6:52 p.m.

    Great things will continue for Utah's football program as long as Whittingham is the head coach.

  • Anne
    Jan. 15, 2010 6:01 p.m.

    As a Utah fan, I am so happy to see Kyle turn down the Tennessee job! We love him here.

    He is a class act who was taught by one of the best college football coaches of our day, Lavell Edwards.

    Here's to many more successful years of Utah football!

  • oldpuebloguyinwyo
    Jan. 15, 2010 5:58 p.m.

    It appears that he listened to them for a reason. Even after he signed an extension for 5 years. If the offer would have been better, he would have departed. So, is he really happy being at Utah? Or, now, will the players and coaches and alumni always think in the back of their minds that that day could come, when their beloved Kyle will leave, if the price is right? Maybe getting beat by BYU this year and with the knowledge that they'll get beat again on their own turf, is enough for anyone at Yewta to leave. Just say'in.

  • Cats
    Jan. 15, 2010 5:53 p.m.

    Utah is his home and he doesn't want to take his kids out of Utah. Money isn't everything. What can he buy at Tennessee that he can't buy now? He's happy where he is. Case closed.

  • Unashamed to be a Cougar
    Jan. 15, 2010 5:52 p.m.

    Seriously.. I'm glad Kyle stayed at Utah.. not for any of the stupid comments but because he really is a class coach (as is Bronco too). The state of Utah and the MWC is lucky to have both of these gentlemen stick around.

    Now regarding the rivalry..I'm sure proud of the yewts.. they've done some wonderful things. Way to go little sister! You won a NC in gymnastics a few years ago didn't you?

  • Thanks Kyle
    Jan. 15, 2010 5:41 p.m.

    I am a BYU fan, but I have a lot of respect for Kyle Whittingham. And he played for BYU when he was in college. He is a classy guy, and I'm glad he chose integrity over money.

  • twisted yootie
    Jan. 15, 2010 5:38 p.m.

    re: Go utes | 2:15 p.m. Jan. 15, 2010

    {In the last four five years how many schools have gone after bronco?

    .............zero I wonder why?}

    Priorities are subjective & in this instance ironically funny.

  • Congrats to the Utes
    Jan. 15, 2010 5:34 p.m.

    Way to go Utes on your accomplishments.


  • Kyle has a destiny at UofU
    Jan. 15, 2010 5:31 p.m.

    And I hope he stays there and makes good on what can be; peer status with LaVell Edwards in state of Utah football annals...

  • Congratulations
    Jan. 15, 2010 5:09 p.m.

    Good for Whittingham. He has learned and grown up a great deal since taking the Utah job. Besides, it's not everyone who gets a chance to coach a football team as spectacular as Tennessee.


  • Bronky
    Jan. 15, 2010 5:04 p.m.

    Beyond the fact that Bronky has yet to win anything of a national interest I think his fixaction on the "fireside' thing probably scares just about every real program away.

    sorry BwhyU your just a little "odd" to the rest of us.

  • RoccoDad
    Jan. 15, 2010 5:04 p.m.

    I know Detmer won the Heisman, which other BYU player also won the Heisman Trophy?

  • Wow
    Jan. 15, 2010 4:53 p.m.

    Football season is over people. Pick something else to bicker over.

  • Fireside this
    Jan. 15, 2010 4:51 p.m.

    Bronco is an arrogant doosh, KW is class. They flew into Provo to interview the UTAH coach. Hmmmmm....If that doesn't say it all

  • Obsessed
    Jan. 15, 2010 4:48 p.m.

    Once again, I find it hillarious how all these YBU fans are so obsessed with Utah football. Look at all these comments by TDS fans!! Hahahahaha!! YBU fans are more like obsessed Ute haters.

  • By the way
    Jan. 15, 2010 4:48 p.m.

    Not taking away the great 2008 season. Sure that was great.

    But all you Utah fans know that Kyle has finished higher than THIRD in the conference ONCE, right?

    Hmmmm ....

    Maybe he should have taken the UT job.

  • correction
    Jan. 15, 2010 4:37 p.m.

    BYU has 17 Top 25 finishes.

    Utah only has 5 Top finishes in both polls.

  • Facts are Facts
    Jan. 15, 2010 4:35 p.m.

    Top 25 Finishes

    BYU 16
    Utah 6

    Last Decade
    BYU 5
    Utah 4

    Last 4 Years
    BYU 4
    Utah 2

    1 National Championship > 2 BCS Wins

    Just ask any school who's never won a National Championship if they'd trade a couple of BCS wins for a National Championship.

    In basketball terms, would you trade a couple of Final Four appearances, for one National Championship?

  • Long Time Cougar
    Jan. 15, 2010 4:33 p.m.

    To "BYU" of 1:26. You need to grow up! YBU?!! Can't you spell an easy acronym? Oh, that's it...you don't even know what an acronym is!

    As for humility, Bronco has plenty of it. If you don't know how to spell an easy acronym, how would you possibly know if Bronco is lacking humility?!

  • BleedCougarBlue
    Jan. 15, 2010 4:25 p.m.

    OK, I'm as diehard a Cougar fan as there ever was but even I can see that Whittingham leaving Utah for the Vols would be a huge step down for him.

    C'mon, just look at what the two programs have accomplished in the last couple of years.

    OK, now back to the rivalry stuff....

    having Whittingham stay and build the Utes into an excellent program will just make defeating you guys that much more satisfying in November!!!

  • He wasn't offered job
    Jan. 15, 2010 4:23 p.m.

    he was a candidate that they wanted to interview. You guys are talking like he was offered the HC position. An interview doesn't mean you get the job.

  • Whit - Bronco
    Jan. 15, 2010 4:22 p.m.

    Don't forget, this is not the first time Whit picked the U over another school. Bronco was BYU's second choice.

    BYU did win in November, but in overtime, with their best running back ever, a third year starting senior at quarterback, and an all-american tight end. Bottom line is BYU won, but Cougar fan should be thankful they eeked that one out against the true freshman QB, making his 4th start ever, a backup running back, and backup D linemen.

  • gdog3
    Jan. 15, 2010 4:16 p.m.

    Many said they had enough hatred to last a lifetime back in November. It was time to cool the engines a few months back. Bsically, I think much of that sentiment is wavering. I don't know about everyone else here but these red and blue posts seem to heat up more each day.

    The inductive criticisms on each program are usually pretty lame. Sports fans in general often lose reason and rational decision making.

    Take Mr. National Champion for example.

    "National Championships | 1:44 p.m. Jan. 15, 2010
    and Heisman Trophies won

    The epitome of excellence in college football.

    BYU 2
    Utah 0

    Final Word!"


    Stop fixing facts that suit only your side (political affiliation, religion, school, favorite team, favorite anything).

    A Ute could easily do the same thing here. Two undefeated seasons to one, two BCS bowl games to none, winning bowl record (BYU losing one), longest bowl winning streak in the nation (3rd all time), better record against BCS schools (opponents) the last ten years, and better overall record head to head with you (full history).

    A BYU fan could counter. More bowl appearences overall and more conference championships ect...

  • Anonymous
    Jan. 15, 2010 4:16 p.m.

    Quick, name me the two most well respected non-BCS programs. Answer? Utah and Bosie State. Why? BCS victories. Winning on the big stage. BYU did it early this year against Oklahoma, and then hilarity ensued when they went 8-5 and finished outside the Top 25. Big win! Oh, and the other two big stages they were on this year? They got their doors blown off, at home.

  • Shecky
    Jan. 15, 2010 4:11 p.m.

    Glad to see the coach stayed at the U. That way, he'll be around in a couple of years when Boise State kicks the hineys of BYU and Utah. By the way all of this talk about quality coaches...BSU's Chris Petersen just was awarded his second 'Bear' Bryant Award as coach of the year in the past four years. How many of those have Kyle and Broncodocious won? Oh yes...zero. Seriously, thanks coach for your loyalty to the U. Best wishes.

  • 26-23
    Jan. 15, 2010 4:08 p.m.

    So the way I imagine the BYU vs. Utah Rivalry of the last 5 years or so. BYU has been a straight line. They have been good, lots of 10 win seasons, lots of good wins, and lots of Las Vegas Bowls. Utah has been a sin wave (curvey line in math). Sometimes they have had awesome seasons (04,08) sometimes they have been down. In general though they have been good.

    If you put BYU and Utah on the same graph, Utah's line would bounce from over, to under, to over, BYU's straight line. I think if you average Utah's line out it would be BYU's line.

    However I have sure enjoyed as a Utah fan having the highlights of the last few years? Would I rather be a consistently good team like BYU has been? I think I would rather be like Utah, the highs of 04 and 08 were awesome.

  • RE: Huh?
    Jan. 15, 2010 4:08 p.m.

    It's probably nice living in your little world seeing through your blue glasses. I think it's hilarious that BYU fans are crowing about their big 3 point DRUBBING of Utah in the past game. Yeah you won, there's no arguing that, but the fact is that your BEST SENIOR CLASS EVER beat a Utah team led by a mustachioed freshman by a mere 3 points. Last time Utah had a senior heavy class it was an absolute dimantling of your zoob squad. So congratualtions, you beat a young team in overtime by 3 points. WOW. I'm so impressed!

  • RE: Agree with "I propose"
    Jan. 15, 2010 4:03 p.m.

    Wow the term "nuff said" is stupid. It needs to be banned from these boards. It's one of those terms that makes me cringe. Like when you were a kid and your mom would try and talk cool, and she emphasized the words so you knew she knew what they meant. Hell, I'm 26 and anytime my mom says the word "cool" or even breaks out the dreaded "diss" (hasn't been a cool word in 15 years now, mom). That's the category "nuff said" is in. Just terrible. Please folks, I appeal to both sides, DON'T USE THIS TERM ANYMORE. It's irrelevant, and no matter what argument you are making, there's a counter for it, so obviously enough has not been said!!!

  • to RE:Great News for Cougar Fans
    Jan. 15, 2010 4:02 p.m.

    "Why the poor sportsmanship ?"

    This coming from someone who won't even type his rivals' school's name right.

  • Anonymous
    Jan. 15, 2010 3:59 p.m.

    Great Decision. This is a great stand for UTAH, The MWC and for college sports.

  • Forrest
    Jan. 15, 2010 3:55 p.m.

    Chris Hill, how 'bout this great LDS head coach, Coach Whittingham!

  • Huh?
    Jan. 15, 2010 3:50 p.m.

    Why are utes bragging about whit being offered the job and not bronco? They want to be part of the elite club of duke and la tech football? Wow. Congrats utes. Your bcs win has finally paid off and put you on the same level as duke football. This really doesn't mean much. I like him so I'm glad he'll stay. I also like that this is getting embarrassing for the sec. Brilliant.

    And to the puffed up utes on here: you lost. Remember? 26-23. Now take a bit of humility and give the smack talk a rest until august. Losers have no right to talk trash.

  • BCS era and nothing else
    Jan. 15, 2010 3:41 p.m.

    2 BCS wins is nice.

    It's just too bad that's just about the only thing Utah has accomplished in their entire history.

    No national championships.

    Very few Top 25 finishes.

    Very few 10+ win seasons.

    Very few conference championships in the last 50 years.

    No Heisman trophies or other national individual awards of any kind.

    And, a losing record versus BYU over the last half century.

    Utah can have their leather helmet domination.

    I'll take BYU's modern era domination.

  • Poor Guy!
    Jan. 15, 2010 3:41 p.m.

    Whittingham should've taken the Tennessee job. I just know how he'll ever continue to make it on his humble Utah salary!

  • Average
    Jan. 15, 2010 3:35 p.m.

    I didn't say he was average. I said he was below average. Average would have been 2-2 against BYU. Below average is 1-3 against BYU. Are we clear now?

  • RE:Great News for Cougar Fans
    Jan. 15, 2010 3:29 p.m.

    This original post was weak! Come up with better stuff. I'm sure you had to think long and hard to write this one down in a veiled attempt to solidify your point. And so what was your point again??? LOL!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Go Kyle
    Jan. 15, 2010 3:29 p.m.

    As a BYU fan first, and an MWC fan, this is great news. Two head coaches in our conference turned down the big BCS bucks to remain in their current positions.

    I hope the MWC continues beat up on the BCS.

    Go Kyle! Go MWC!! Go Cougars!!!

  • RE: eye patch
    Jan. 15, 2010 3:28 p.m.

    You don't even know what your talking about, BYU has won 3 of the last five LAS VEGAS BOWLS. UTAH can't say that!

  • Most Needed
    Jan. 15, 2010 3:27 p.m.

    I'll tell you where Whitt is most needed...in the Huntsman Center. What's up with 8-8, 1-1? Maybe we could double Kyle's salary and have him coach both teams and get rid of Boylan.

  • UTenn
    Jan. 15, 2010 3:25 p.m.

    If I were offered that job, it would take more than a couple Mil to change my wardrobe to Orange. They have to be near the top of the list for ugly school colors

  • Saudi Cougar
    Jan. 15, 2010 3:18 p.m.

    I have only seen one stupid comment calling Whittingham average. I have seen far more cougars saying complimentary things about him. I, too, am glad that he is staying. He is a very good coach as is Bronco and Patterson. With such coaches committing to their teams, MWC football should be great for years to come!

  • Anonymous
    Jan. 15, 2010 3:15 p.m.

    Whittingham is good, but I still dont like him.

    Hey Utes - I hate you too.


  • Thanks for staying
    Jan. 15, 2010 3:13 p.m.

    I have been an avid fan of the Utes for thirty years. I will always be grateful for what Coach Meyer did for us, but Coach Mac and both Coach Whittinghams were the ones who really moved Utah football to a new level.

    Keep up the great work. I can hardly wait for next year!

  • THEeyepatch
    Jan. 15, 2010 3:12 p.m.

    I see the BYU faith... delusional are still wide awake. Kyle, (also my youngest sons name) is just an inspiring person, and the future of UTES FOOTBALL has a great foundation. [Typical BYU fan]: We were HANDED a National Championship in 1984, we're better than you Ute fan, we beat a team that wasn't even ranked, compared to a team (Alabama) that got whoooped and went on to win a National Championship the next year. PLEASE.....

  • Linus
    Jan. 15, 2010 3:11 p.m.

    To Observation-ist:
    Don't get all over BYU fans unless you know which comments actually come from BYU fans. I'm a BYU fan who likes Coach Whittingham, and appreciate his years playing for the Y. I've always been glad that he turned down the job at BYU, because it allowed both schools to have good coaches. I think you could say that I'm a MWC fan, and a BCS hater.
    Chill out, brothers! Love ya.

  • Coug Fan in re: Ute Fan
    Jan. 15, 2010 3:05 p.m.

    The sad thing about you Ute fans is that you think that a BCS appearance and a BCS win are the same thing as a national championship.

    In the end, no one really cares about anyone else but the last man standing. 10 years from now, I will likely remember that Bama beat UT in the title tilt, but you won't likely get me to recall that Iowa beat Georgia Tech in the Orange Bowl.

    Let me make this clear: in no more plain terms, BYU and their national championship is the reason that Boise State and Utah didn't even get to compete for a national title. Sad, but true. So, when you Utes suppose that with Kyle you'll have 2 more BCS wins in 10 years.................big whoopdy doo. That's cute. Go ahead and be proud that you didn't have to play the Mighty Gators and Urban Meyer and take the trophy from them. I mean, who would really want a shot at a NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP anyway?? Bowls and BCS games aren't championships.

  • Bronco??
    Jan. 15, 2010 2:56 p.m.

    Funny how there are a few Zoobs on here commenting about how happy they are to have Whit stay because he is an "average coach at best". I haven't seen Bronco's name mentioned for any of the upper eschelon coaching positions that have opened up like Kyle has. Kyle's name gets mentioned almost any time a high profile position opens up.

    Average coach huh??

  • I propose
    Jan. 15, 2010 2:55 p.m.

    "Nuff said" should be banned from the board.
    It should be a felony offense to use it.

  • Mr. J
    Jan. 15, 2010 2:51 p.m.

    The old NC argument has no leg to stand on and no crutch to compensate. My 'yewts' did twice this last decade what the cougs have done once, ever: go undefeated. And it's because of the system that we were not 'bcs national champs.' Neither would the cougars if 1984 happened in this era.

  • RE:Ute FAN
    Jan. 15, 2010 2:47 p.m.

    We all know you couldn't turn down a doubling of your salary because you would go from 7.50 an hour at McDonalds to 15 dollars an hour as a manager at Taco Bell.

  • Sophicles
    Jan. 15, 2010 2:45 p.m.

    I think this all comes down to his family strongly preferring to live in Utah, which has been their home for practically their entire lives. Coaching in college football is living in a fishbowl. It is just the size of that fishbowl and the number of people peering into it that distinguishes a program like Tennessee from Utah. Neyland stadium packs in 105,000 fans for 8 Saturdays in the fall, and is consistently ranked one of the top 5 venues for college football. RES gets 45,000 fans for 5-6 games, if the team is on track to win 10 or more games, the weather is nice that day and they are playing an interesting opponent. Tennessee offers triple or more coaching staff salary budget, recruiting budget, money spent on facilities, and they have a truly national recruiting base. Go look at their commitment list and see where there recruits are coming from. Yes Tennessee has to compete with Alabama, Georgia and Florida. But Utah has to compete with BYU, TCU and Air Force on their own smaller stage. But in the end, family emotional ties to Utah made the decision.

  • So Cal Y Fan
    Jan. 15, 2010 2:44 p.m.

    I'm glad he's staying as well. I have a genuine appreciation for him as a coach and a person. I believe he will remain a "Utah Man" for as long as the University wants him, and he remains happy there. He doesn't seem to be your typical ego-driven coach needing to "move up" on the coaches ladder. Good choice, Kyle!

  • Observation-ist
    Jan. 15, 2010 2:33 p.m.

    To all my fellow BYU fans who are doggin Utah and Coach Whittingham, can I say ... JUST SHUT UP.

    Don't call yourself a BYU fan and then dog the Utes. You may be a Utah-hater, but you're not any BYU fan I want to be associated with. I'm happy for Coach Whittingham. I'm happy that a top coach in the MWC doesn't consider it a jump up to a bottom-tier SEC team. Utah, and the MWC can hold their heads high that they have such a fine coach.

    Lastly, we (BYU Fans) don't need to give any more fodder to the BYU-Haters out there. They'll jump on the littlest of little opportunities to spew forth garbage about BYU without us giving them fodder.

    Congrats to Utah. Take Coach Whittingham out to dinner and tell him thanks for sticking around.

    Go Cougs!!!

  • Sandy Cougar
    Jan. 15, 2010 2:27 p.m.

    I don't think he would leave. State of Utah is his home - wishing he was a Cougar Head or D coach. Good for him! who want to take the hot seat after signing the contract. Better luck if they beg to have Fullmer back.

  • Anonymous
    Jan. 15, 2010 2:25 p.m.

    It's the humidity, man o man that stuff will do you in. Besides, who mans to wear orange clothing and be associated with a little critter that I see running for cover out in the barn - A Vole, ha ha no thank you.

  • Ute fan
    Jan. 15, 2010 2:22 p.m.

    You know what the difference between Utah and BYU is? 10 years from now the Utes will be talking about winning yet another BCS game and the Kewgs will rebutle with "yeah but how many national championships do you have?" At some point cougar fans, your national championship will no longer mean anything. In fact, most of the people who fall on that crutch weren't even alive or remember when BYU won. And for the record, the didn't win a national championship. They were given it because they had no one else to give it to! What a joke!

    But really my comment here was to say thanks to coach Whit for sitcking around. He realizes he has a chance to be part of something special and fighting for the little guys. Mad props to you Whit. Not everyone could turn down doubling their salary, I know I couldn't.

  • re: Die hard Ute
    Jan. 15, 2010 2:22 p.m.

    You should probably realize that most people who make ridiculous comments about the Utes are Ute trolls just trying to make BYU fans look bad. Any real BYU fan knows that coach Whit is a great coach.

    You're getting bent out of shape over something one of your own said probably.

  • stod
    Jan. 15, 2010 2:20 p.m.

    As a BYU fan I am excited to hear that Kyle is staying and I believe he would have done a tremondous job at with the Vols. Thanks Kyle for staying and look forward to many more exciting games against Utes!!

  • OOOps, last 8 years...
    Jan. 15, 2010 2:20 p.m.

    Sorry, my bad - last eight years, Utah 5 BYU 3....

    as a BYU alum (that's where my math skills came from), still great to be a Utah fan :")

  • Utah football program
    Jan. 15, 2010 2:17 p.m.

    is well respected nationally.
    Its coach turned down an opportunity to coach Tennessee.
    Did UT talk with Bronco?

  • Utah's tops....
    Jan. 15, 2010 2:17 p.m.

    In the overall series between BYU and Utah, let's see, its Utah 50, BYU 31.

    By today's standards, the BCS, it's Utah 2, BYU 0.

    Last eight years, Utah 8, BYU 5...

    Good to be a Utah fan!!!!

  • Go utes
    Jan. 15, 2010 2:15 p.m.

    In the last four five years how many schools have gone after bronco?

    .............zero I wonder why?

  • We can all agree
    Jan. 15, 2010 2:11 p.m.

    Hey, this is a rare moment when everyone can agree that Kyle should stay. Utah fans certainly seem to be relieved. BYU are very pleased with the outcome for three of past four years. So, for once we are all in agreement.

  • RE:Great News for Cougar Fans
    Jan. 15, 2010 2:09 p.m.

    I don't see the Yner coaches being recruited, let alone voted Coach of the year. Why the bad mouth about coach Kyle ?
    He lost both offensive and defensive coordinators last year and still did a great job winning yet another bowl game, please note Coach Kyle is UNDEFEATED in all of his bowl Games and that includes 2 BCS games.
    The Tennessee boys had to land in Provo because of fog at the Salt Lake Airport and just waived goodbye as THEY PASSED by Anae, Hill, and Bishop Bronky in their tail lights.
    Why the put downs on a great coach, bitter because coach Kyle was YBU's first choice , but the blue bloods had to settle for second best. Bronky was not the first team selection , though I admit he has down s good job for the tds.. why not give credit where it is due and admire a mans loyalty to the program he is developing ?
    Why the poor sportsmanship ?

  • Tennesse in Provo...
    Jan. 15, 2010 2:05 p.m.

    If Tennessee had to fly into Provo, and they only interviewed the Utah Head Coach, what does that say about the BYU head coach?

    Hmmm...can't think of much...must be irrelevant though...12th ranked Team vs. 18th...hmmm...seems someone has more credibility than the other regardless of end of season ranking...or maybe it was just plain 'rank' in Provo and they couldn't stand it, so they bailed...(fill in your lame excuses here)...

  • Anonymous
    Jan. 15, 2010 2:03 p.m.

    Wow... cougar fans are reallly worked up over this.... hitting a nerve maybe?

    National respect is earned by winning BCS Bowls.

    Nuff said.


  • Anonymous
    Jan. 15, 2010 1:58 p.m.

    This BYU fan is glad to hear it!

  • Chill Out
    Jan. 15, 2010 1:52 p.m.

    Utah fans, don't be offended if someone thinks your coach is average. All that should matter to you is that you are happy with him. No need to rely on history--either you like him or you don't. The fact that BYU beat Utah this year should not matter to you so long as you are happy with your coach.

  • Great decision
    Jan. 15, 2010 1:52 p.m.

    to stay with Utah.

  • To: re:Great News for Cougar Fan
    Jan. 15, 2010 1:48 p.m.

    Are you really that mentally incapacitated?

    Kyle may have a BCS win but don't forget . . .

    Lavell Edwards - BYU 1984 National Champions

    BYU won in November too. Don't forget that either, and three out of the last four.

  • National Championships
    Jan. 15, 2010 1:44 p.m.

    and Heisman Trophies won

    The epitome of excellence in college football.

    BYU 2
    Utah 0

    Final Word!

  • To: re:Great News for Cougar Fan
    Jan. 15, 2010 1:42 p.m.

    Are you really that mentally incapacitated?

    Kyle may have a BCS win but don't forget . . .

    Lavell Edwards - BYU 1984 National Champions

    BYU won in November too. Don't forget that either, and three out of the last four.

  • Re Danburtreynolds
    Jan. 15, 2010 1:40 p.m.

    I know, I know....a Donko!! What do I win?

  • Nuff Said
    Jan. 15, 2010 1:36 p.m.

    BYU 26 Utah 23

    Nuff Said

  • re: Die Hard Ute
    Jan. 15, 2010 1:32 p.m.

    Honestly, calm down. He's getting compliments here from BYU fans. Stay off the steroids, homie. lol.....

  • Lonster
    Jan. 15, 2010 1:30 p.m.

    Let's see, if I were earning $1.2 million and I was offered $2.4 million, would I take it in a heartbeat? Hard to say, since when you're talking seven figure incomes, it doesn't even register with me. But I know people want to be "respected" and keep up with their peers as much as they can, so with Kyle there must have been overriding personal, and I hope loyalty, concerns. Besides, really, what can you do with $2.4 that you can't do with $1.2?

  • BYU
    Jan. 15, 2010 1:26 p.m.

    Coach Whit is a humble family man. Utah is a great place for him. As for any slams by YBU fans, well the humility that Coach Whit carries in his pinkey finger is more than Bronco has ever displayed in his entire body. Rather than accepting the fact that YBU was beaten badly by TCU, coach Bronco blammed it on execution...whereas Coach Whit stated they were beaten by a better team. YBU fans, that is what is called humility. Try it for once you might enjoy it as come this November the U will be serving a large slice of humble pie to you...

  • re: Great News for Cougar Fans
    Jan. 15, 2010 1:18 p.m.

    BCS Trips and Wins

    Kyle - 1
    Bronco/Gary/Lavell - 0

    Nuff Said.

  • Danburtreynolds
    Jan. 15, 2010 1:16 p.m.

    RE: Great News for Cougar Fans.

    If only an average coach gets a team to an undefeated season, BCS game and #2 ranking, what do you call a coach who doesn't get to that level?

  • Die Hard Ute
    Jan. 15, 2010 1:15 p.m.

    If Whittingham was such a crappy coach why would he take Utah to a 13-0 season and a Sugar Bowl win...? Being the only undefeated team in the nation. When was the last time Bronco did that well with BYU? Oh yeah, he hasnt...

    Jan. 15, 2010 1:12 p.m.

    Good for you Coach. Loved you at the Y love you at the U. To all Y and U fans glad someone can stand up for what is right. None better than Kyle & Bronco. I am a fan of both but a little bluer than Red in Nov.

    He does not need that headache. What a mess most other programs are in and the stress. Here there is some but we will just have great teams that the rest of the nation ignor until we play an Alabama or Oklahoma. Then the Red and Blue come out.

    Congrats Coach. Money is not everything.

  • Spud
    Jan. 15, 2010 1:08 p.m.

    I'm a big fan of Whittingham. My memory keeps taking me back to the 2007 season and the posts on these Deseret News articles. Back then, there were a ton of posts from Ute fans slamming Whittingham and calling for him to be fired. Those people were (and I expect still are) idiots, and I'm sure they'll resurface at some point in the future when things aren't going the greatest. I am constantly amazed at the fickle nature of many (most?) sports fans.

  • Tennessee mess
    Jan. 15, 2010 12:55 p.m.

    How many coaches have turned down Tennessee. Let's see; Gruden (former NFL), Muschamp (Texas), Cutcliffe (Duke), Calhoun (Air Force), Whittingham (Utah) and god only know who else. Must be a real "Dream Job" - way to go Volunteer nation.

  • D-Man
    Jan. 15, 2010 12:53 p.m.

    As a Cougar fan I congratulate Coach W on being qualified to receive such an offer. It speaks well of both his own character the quality of coaches in our conference.

    I'm glad he's staying.

  • Great News for Cougar Fans
    Jan. 15, 2010 12:53 p.m.

    This is great news for BYU fans. Wittingham is average at best and had he gone Utah might have attracted someone as good as Urban Meyer. We're all safe for now. Utah thinks they have a great coach so they're happy, BYU will keep beating Utah so they're happy. You see, we can all be happy.

  • Ute Fan
    Jan. 15, 2010 12:47 p.m.

    This is great news for Ute Fans. Whittingham is a stud and he's definitely got his head on straight. He's about more than just the money.

  • Welcome back Kyle
    Jan. 15, 2010 12:44 p.m.

    Utah really dodged a bullet, but Kyle is a family man and didn't want to be jerking his kids from high school to high school.

    Whittingham has a lifetime job at Utah, if he wants it.

    Living in the fishbowl that is the SEC, Kyle may not have been given a chance to resurrect a Tennessee program that will be in shambles next year and may have only lasted a couple of years.

    Besides, Kyle is probably too ethical to survive the recruiting battles that go on down south.

  • Erodcoug
    Jan. 15, 2010 12:44 p.m.

    As a BYU fan, I am glad that Whittingham turned down the job. He's a great coach and I think he is good for Utah's program. A stronger Utah means a stronger MWC, which gives the conference the much needed respect it is lacking. Thanks Kyle for hanging around. See you in November!

  • Smart Move
    Jan. 15, 2010 12:43 p.m.

    Whittingham is better suited to Utah, and he pretty much has a job for life.

    At Tennessee he'd be on the hot seat the minute he lost to Urban Meyer.

  • Texas Cougar
    Jan. 15, 2010 12:43 p.m.

    That's cool on a few levels.

    First, that he was offered this job.

    Second, that he turned it down to stay with a MWC team.

    and Third, that the best coach-to-coach rivalry (fox sports listed it as such) of the past decade will stay intact.