Remembering Fred Whittingham

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  • 10CC Bountiful, UT
    July 15, 2013 8:03 p.m.

    Wow. This has to be the only time in history I will agree with Duck Hunter.

    Fred Whittingham, Sr. was a living legend, a great leader, brutally honest, and a warrior without comparison.

    Kyle Whittingham got his toughness from his father, without a doubt, who was a huge influence on him as a player and a coach, along with his brothers. His presence was felt wherever he was, a great guy, with humility, wisdom, and great passion for whatever he did.

    The Utah players used to call him "Big Man", he had total command of the defense, and even as he was older in age, looked like he could suit up and show anyone on the practice field how the game was to be played. He left an indelible mark on Utah football, and I'm sure many, many other places.

    A one of a kind. There will never be another.

    But as big and as outspoken as Big Fred was, his wife had him on a short leash, which was pretty funny to observe, and proved the man was human, after all.

    He is sorely missed.

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    July 15, 2013 4:28 p.m.

    When will you byU folk realize that Chris B only posts to get reactions from the thin skinned? Don't respond to him and he will eventually go away.

    Fred W did some great things at BYU and he taught his sons well. It is an honor to have the Whittinghams so well represented at the U.

    Go Utes! Onward and Upward!!

  • NorCalCougarFan&Alum Elk Grove, CA
    July 15, 2013 12:23 p.m.

    I always thought Fred Whittingham, Sr. was a class act. I remember his time well at BYU.

    On another note, now now Chris B., to say that Kyle Whittingham is a top 10 football coach is a bit disingenuous. I appreciate your enthusiasm for Ute football (since I'm married to a Ute), but let's be real. Kyle Whittingham is a very good college coach, but he's not a great coach. Sports Illustrated doesn't have Kyle Whittingham in their top 10 and Sporting News has Coach Whittingham at #36. Coaches Hot List has Coach Whittingham at #28. Unfortunately, the Utes will continue to rack up losses for a long time to come until the team becomes more established in the PAC 12. Becoming more established could take 20 to 30 years. Just ask Arizona State and Arizona. Therefore, you will continue to see Coach Whittingham's ranking among active Division 1 college football coaches continue to decline. Coach Whittingham might not see Utah become a perennial winner in the PAC 12. I don't think Dr. Hill will wait that long. Dennis Erickson might be Coach Whittingham's replacement. We never know. Either way I wish Utah well, except in one game during the season.

  • Mark321 Las Vegas, NV
    July 15, 2013 10:18 a.m.

    Whittingham is a great family. For Kyle I will always appreciate him for helping BYU win a National Championship in 1984, obviously his father had a huge impact on him for that.

    @ Chris B

    "Other schools can only dream of a future as bright as it is for Utah."

    Only if those schools dream of having a 5-7 record. Schools like Colorado, Vanderbilt, Indiana, and Minnesota (all BCS schools) have joined you in making that dream come true.

    July 15, 2013 10:03 a.m.

    I have a lot of respect for Fred Whittingham/ he was a very good coach.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    July 15, 2013 9:16 a.m.

    Fred was a great guy and cut a wide swath through Provo. Can't say enough about him and his sons are all alot like him.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    July 15, 2013 9:07 a.m.

    One of the classiest families in sports, you'll meet. Ever.

    I think Kyle is a top 10 football coach in the country.

    And quality of person, he's at least top 10 as well.

    Certainly a lot of that comes from his dad.

    The University of Utah - the premier university in the state of Utah.

    And we have a legacy of great people including the Whittinghams to thank for that.

    Other schools can only dream of a future as bright as it is for Utah.

    Go Utes!